The threats began after photos of illegal logging activities in Tenasserim Division’s Dawei District appeared in a recent issue of a local weekly.
The incident is the latest in a spate of violent confrontations between law enforcement officials and illegal loggers in Kyauktaga Township.
The officials said they stopped and searched the lorry, which was accompanied by two servicemen, following a tip-off. They found 29 logs of milled lumber, weighing a total of nearly three tons.
Police in Sagaing Division say there has been a noticeable increase in illegal logging activities since a one-year ban went into effect on 1 June.
Before his death, Soe Moe Tun had focused his reporting on illegal logging and KTV operations in Monywa and the surrounding areas.
Burma rose 12 places in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index, amid larger global trends over the past year indicating “that media freedom is under threat now more than ever,” according to Reporters Without Borders (RSF), which has compiled the index annually since 2002.