Myanmar: BBC Media Action journalist sentenced to three years hard labor

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 Myanmar: BBC Media Action journalist sentenced to three years hard labor

Htet Htet Khine, a freelance broadcaster for BBC Media Action for local audiences, was arrested in Myanmar in August 2021. A year later, she was sentenced to three years hard labor.

Many journalists and activists were imprisoned after the military seized power in a coup in February 2021.

Director BBC Media Action said the move was alarming.

“This and other detentions of media workers in the country are contrary to basic principles of human rights and free speech,” — said Richard Leys.

Authorities said Htet Htet Khine's reporting amounted to incitement and unlawful association. According to the journalist's family, the allegations are unfair.

Her contact with her family and access to legal representation have been limited since her arrest, according to BBC Media Action.

According to independent web site website Myanmar Now, 12 media outlets were forcibly shut down and 142 journalists arrested after the coup.

The Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners (AAPP), which keeps records of those killed, imprisoned or detained by the military, reports that more than 14,000 people were arrested, of which about 2,114 were killed by the military.

Htet Htet Khine traveled the country showing the impact of internal conflicts.

BBC Media Action — is an independent charity operating separately from BBC News. It follows the editorial standards of the corporation, but differs from BBC News Burmese news programming.

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