Myanmar newspapers go black, blank to protest journalist detentions

Breaking News March 17, 2015 15:05

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Yangon (dpa) - Several newspapers in Myanmar protested the alleged harassment of journalists by police at a recent demonstration, a representative said Tuesday.

The Myanmar Post ran a blacked-out box instead of its front page photo on its Monday edition.
Ten more publications were planning to boycott government press events, and leave blank the space normally dedicated to that content, said Myint Kyaw, an official of the Myanmar Journalists' Network.
Some newspapers were planning blank or blacked-out front pages later this week, he said.
On March 10, several journalists were attacked during a crackdown on student protesters in Letpadan, 145 kilometres north of commercial capital Yangon.
Two of them were detained for three days before being released, Irrawaddy magazine reported last week.
Myanmar Post reporter Nyan Lin Tun, one of the arrested journalists, was quoted by Irrawaddy as saying he was beaten during his arrest, but treated well in detention.
The media organisations also planned to boycott an International Press Institute event in Yangon on March 27-29 titled On the Path to a Free Media, Myint Kyaw said.
The March 10 clashes broke out when police charged students, monks and journalists as demonstrators were trying to march from Mandalay to Yangon to demonstrate against proposed education legislation.

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