YANGON - Journalists in Myanmar staged a protest Tuesday to denounce new threats to press freedom and demand the release of a fellow reporter -- the first to be jailed since junta rule ended.
About 150 journalists and activists marched through Yangon chanting slogans including "No threat to press freedom" and waving placards which read: "Right to information is the life of democracy".
The protest was led by the Myanmar Journalist Network in response to a three-month prison sentence given last month to a local journalist arrested during an investigation in the eastern state of Kayah.
Ma Khine, who works for the Eleven Media group, was convicted of defaming a lawyer, trespassing on the lawyer's property during an interview and using abusive language.
Her employer believes she may have been targeted because of a story it printed about corruption in the judicial system.
"It's a direct threat as journalists can be punished with criminal charges while working on news stories," said Myint Kyaw, general secretary of the Myanmar Journalist Network.