Media Watchdogs Cry Foul as Three Myanmar Journalists Arrested on Incitement Charges

Myanmar police arrested three journalists from the Eleven Media Group on incitement charges on Wednesday for publishing an article that was critical of the Yangon regional government’s business ventures, in what political observers and media watchdogs decried as the latest attack on press freedom in the Southeast Asian nation.

Regional government director Aung Kyaw Khine filed the lawsuit on Tuesday at Tamwe township police station against managing editors Kyaw Zaw Lin and Nari Min and chief reporter Phyo Wai Win, who are being held in Insein Prison on the city’s outskirts as they await trial on charges of allegedly violating Section 505(b) of the Penal Code.

The vaguely-worded section prohibits the publication or circulation of any statement, rumor or report with intent to cause “fear or alarm to the public or to any section of the public whereby any person may be induced to commit an offense against the state or against the public tranquility.”

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