Prayer for Burma: Day twenty-eight

While I was enjoying a couple of days, away from Internet and phone, reading and writing (R & W?) Saw Yan Naing tells of a Rangoon reporter arrested for reporting a murder:

A reporter for a leading Rangoon journal was arrested on Monday after being summoned and rebuked by the authorities last week for reporting on the murder of a couple in Rangoon’s Thingangyun Township.Police from Kyauktada Township in Rangoon arrested Saw Myint Than, the chief reporter for the Flower News Journal, on Monday night and is now holding him at the local police station, according to sources.

Saw Myint Than was reportedly charged with at least three offences, including violations of Section 17/A of the Electronics Act, which bans contact with organizations deemed to be unlawful, and Article 124/A of the Criminal Code, which forbids expressions of disrespect towards the government.

Last week’s Tuesday, Saw Myint Than was summoned by police and threatened with arrest for reporting on the murder. He was also warned that the journal’s publishing license could be revoked.

There’s cause for prayer! Not just for Saw Myint Than but concerning a system that prefers “peace” over justice and even over life itself…


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