Burma’s leading media bodies have reached a 16-point agreement to protect media workers and ensure that their legal rights are respected.
Over 50 journalists and their supporters have been charged for protesting illegally after calling for media freedom.
Five employees of the now-defunct Unity Weekly journal have each been sentenced to ten years in prison with hard labour after being convicted of revealing state secrets.
The jailing of Zaw Pe, a journalist for the DVB, and the imprisonment of several journalists from Unity journal is a typical example of government doubletalk on press freedom and political reforms. This is the real nature of the still military controlled “civilian” government. It fears transparency.