Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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1. Burma jails journalist for asking questions. Take action (Info)


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Date: Wed, 14 May 2014 13:55:26 +0100
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Subject: [BurmaCampaign] Burma jails journalist for asking questions.
Take action
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Dear friend

Free Zaw Pe!

Zaw Pe is a video journalist working for the Democratic Voice of Burma. He
is based in the Magwe region of central Burma.

In August 2012 Zaw Pe and another man, Win Myint Hlaing, whose son is a
student, went to the Magwe Division Education Department to conduct an
interview about the qualification criteria for a Japanese funded scholarship
programme. The government official at the department refused to answer their
questions. Following their visit, they were charged with trespassing, and
disturbing a civil servant at the department, under Sections 353 and 448 of
the Penal Code.

On 7th April 2014, they were both found guilty of these offences and
sentenced to one year in prison.

Send an email to Foreign Secretary William Hague calling on him to take

Zaw Pe (also known as Thura Thet Tin) is 41. He has a wife and a two year
old son. He has been arrested for his journalist work in the past. In May
2010 he was jailed for three years for unauthorised filming. He was released
in 2012.

The jailing is the latest in a series of recent arrests or jailings of
journalists, and is part of a broader series of actions taken by the Burmese
government to intimidate and control media without reintroducing direct

?This shows how far President Thein Sein?s democratic reform and Myanmar?s
media freedom reach.? Zaw Pe

Please take action now
> .

Thank you.

Wai Hnin

Burma Campaign UK


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