Japan Urges Release Of Journalist In Myanmar
Japan urged Myanmar authorities on Monday to release from prison a Japanese journalist accused of spreading fake news, one of at least 65 reporters arrested during the junta's crackdown on anti-coup protests
Yangon, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 19th Apr, 2021 ) :Japan urged Myanmar authorities on Monday to release from prison a Japanese journalist accused of spreading fake news, one of at least 65 reporters arrested during the junta's crackdown on anti-coup protests.
The military has ramped up its attempts to crush dissent following mass demonstrations against its ousting of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, with at least 737 civilians killed and the press increasingly under attack.
Insein is notorious for holding political prisoners.
"We are informed by the police he was arrested due to the suspicion of releasing fake news," he told AFP.
Myanmar authorities told the embassy the journalist was not physically harmed during the arrest and was in good health.
It is the second time Kitazumi has been detained since the coup. In February, he was beaten up and briefly held in custody during a crackdown on protesters but was later released.
The press has been caught in the junta's crackdown as the military attempts to tighten control over the flow of information, throttling internet access and revoking the licenses of five local media outlets.
Those convicted can face up to three years in jail.
At least 34 journalists and photographers remain in custody across Myanmar, according to monitoring group Reporting ASEAN.
- 'Guerrilla war' - The central city of Myingyan has seen fighting between residents and the military for two days.
At least four people were shot on Monday afternoon, a resident told AFP, adding that one of the wounded had been unable to receive medical treatment.
"There is still some shooting. It's like guerrilla war in our town," the resident told AFP, adding that people were trying to defend themselves with homemade guns.
"The army did not allow anyone to be on the street. They shoot anyone they see on the street. They tried to check house by house to arrest protesters." The resident said the military set fire to some residents' motorbikes.
- Pot-banging sailors - Meanwhile, close to 40 Myanmar sailors in hotel quarantine in Yangon had security forces barge into their rooms on Sunday after some of them participated in the daily protest ritual of banging on pots and pans.
Myo Min, who did not use his real name, said his group was beaten up and that some were robbed -- one seafarer's $1,500 salary was stolen.
Three were badly injured, he added.
"As soon as the door was opened, they started beating us," he told AFP, by phone.
"None of them were wearing masks... It is totally unacceptable. I felt insecure now. I just want to go back home. No one can protect us."