Myanmar releases detained journalist

Myanmar authorities liberate the photojournalist arrested for Facebook post after three days

Myanmar releases detained journalist

World Bulletin / News Desk

A photo journalist arrested for a Facebook post satirizing authorities in Myanmar was released Monday after three days in custody, local media reported.

Aung Nay Myo was detained under the 1950 Emergency Provision Act, which prohibits defamation of the country’s rulers, over a post mocking the military and political leaders. The act carries a prison term of up to seven years.

He told the Irrawaddy news website Monday that he was questioned about his Facebook account before being released, but declined to give further details because he didn’t want to “stir up problems.”

He added: “I just want to say thank you to those who supported me [and called] for my release.”

Journalists from the region condemned the arrest on Sunday in a letter to President Thein Sein, the information ministry and foreign embassies.

The offending post featured a photoshopped version of a poster for a film about a 1971 battle between China-backed communists and Myanmar’s Army. Images of senior Myanmar leaders, including Parliamentary Speaker Shwe Mann, had been imposed on the poster.

Myanmar’s nominally-civilian government ended pre-publication press censorship and freed several jailed journalists in 2012 as part of a package of reforms following five decades of military rule.

But rights groups have complained those advances are being eroded. There are currently nine journalists serving jail terms in Myanmar.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Mart 2015, 17:33