Drone journalists could face three years in jail

Singapore journalist Lau Hon Meng (C) arrives hears for his second hearing at Zabu Thiri Court in Nay Pyi Taw on 16 November 2017. Photo: Min Min/Mizzima

Three journalists and their driver could face up to three years in prison for allegedly violating Myanmar's import-export law by bringing a drone into the country as part of a documentary they were doing for Turkish state television TRT, VOA reported on 17 November.

Mok Choy Lin of Malaysia, Lau Hon Meng from Singapore, local journalist Ko Aung Naing Soe, and driver U Hla Tin were arrested in the capital Naypyidaw on October 26 after interviewing a legislator and then bringing out the drone to get aerial footage of the parliament building.

They already have been sentenced to two months in jail on a summary conviction for breaking the country's 1934 Aircraft Law.

The next court date has been set for Monday.

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