Statement of PEN Myanmar (3/2019), 23rd of May, 2019, Yangon, Myanmar

Statement on the arrest of individuals including journalists practicing freedom of expression

  1. Freedom of expression is the basic human right of all citizens. A person has the right to express his opinions which might be disagreeable by others and he has the right to live peacefully without being repressed or discriminated by expressing his opinions.
  2. Nonetheless, the arrest of the person including journalist practicing freedom of expression has been continuously occurred since before the New Year Water festival.
  3. These include
    1. Director Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi was prosecuted under Article 505 (a) of the Penal Code and Section 66 (d) of the Telecommunication Law by the military on the 29th of March, 2019,
    2. 7 members of Peacock generation group were prosecuted under Article 505 (a) of the Penal Code and Section 66 (d) of the Telecommunication Law by the military in April, 2019,
    3. Ye Ni, senior editor of the Irrawaddy News Media, was prosecuted under Section 66 (d) of the Telecommunication Law by the Yangon Regional Military in April, 2019,
    4. Aung Min Oo, chief editor of Development Media Group, was prosecuted under the Article 17 (2) at No. 1, police station in Sittwe on the 1st of May, 2019, and
    5. Nanda from Channel Mandalay News was arrested at Patheingyi Police Station on the 15th of May, 2019.
  4. PEN Myanmar had already welcomed the President’s amnesty which released the two Reuter’s reporters.
  5. Nonetheless, according to the third paragraph, the arrest and prosecution to those who practicing freedom of expression by the military as well as the Ministry of Home Affair are occurring terribly.
  6. Regardless of organizations, such prosecutions humble the freedom of expression of our country and therefore, PEN Myanmar urges the current government to reconsider and solve the above cases.

PEN Myanmar Center

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