tirsdag 29. juni 2021

US journalist says he was tortured during detention in Myanmar

Myanmar’s security forces punched, slapped and beat a US journalist and kept him blindfolded for more than a week of interrogation, he said after being deported to the United States following more than three months in detention. Nathan Maung, 44, the editor-in-chief of the online news platform Kamayut Media, was detained in a raid on 9 March and freed on 15 June. He said his colleague Hanthar Nyein, who remains in detention, had been tortured more harshly, as had other people he met in prison.

A junta spokesman did not respond to a request for comment on Maung’s account, which echoes those of some of the thousands of others detained since the army overthrew the country’s elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi on 1 February.