Three journalists charged under telecommunications law

16 June 2017
Three journalists charged under telecommunications law
Three journalists Tin Shwe, Zar Zar San, Phyupwint Nayche

Authorities in central Myanmar’s Magwe region have charged three journalists under a controversial telecommunications law after one posted messages on social media about a dispute at a construction site and the two others commented on them, RFA reported on 15 June quoting one of the reporters and a police officer.
On May 28, MGY Journal editor Tin Shwe posted a message on Facebook saying residents of Myinkin village were opposed to road construction workers bulldozing area trees and another calling on authorities to investigate a businessman from Magwe township who had illicitly supplied bricks for the project.
Zar Zar San, a reporter with Democracy Today Journal, and Phyupwint Nayche, a reporter with the Myanmar Times, later commented on the posts about the project and the bricks, which are illegal to produce in Magwe region, according to the report.