onsdag 10. mars 2021

Myanmar Forces Raid Media Outlets After Publication Ban as a Second NLD Figure Dies in Custody

Myanmar security forces have raided the offices of three independent media outlets in the commercial city Yangon, arresting at least two editors, while a second official from the former ruling National League for Democracy has died in military custody, his wife said Tuesday.

Offices of three media outlets in Yangon were raided and at least two editors were arrested in a stepped-up crackdown on independent media following an announcement by the military government Monday banning five domestic outlets — Mizzima, DVB, Myanmar Now, Khit Thit Media, and 7 Day — from publishing and broadcasting and transmitting messages via social media. The State Administrative Council, the official name of the military government, revoked the operating licenses of the outlets.

Security forces raided the offices of Kamayut Media Tuesday afternoon, arresting founders Nathan Maung and Han Thar during the search, though the junta had not issued an official ban of the news outlet, said a relative of Nathan Maung. Soldiers and police raided Mizzima’s office in Yangon’s Thanlyin township Tuesday evening, even though the office had been closed since the Feb. 1 coup, an employee told RFA.