Myanmar Court Sentences Two Journalists to Prison for Defamation in Press

March 19, 2015 8:54 AM

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Myanmar Court Sentences Two Journalists to Prison for Defamation in Press

YANGON, Myanmar—A Myanmar court sentenced two reporters to two months in prison on charges of defamation, in the latest ruling that raises concerns about press freedoms as the country emerges from military rule.

The Myanmar Post’s chief editor Than Htaik Thu and reporter Hsan Moe Tun were charged in February 2014, after their weekly newspaper quoted a military lawmaker purportedly making comments about his colleagues in the parliament having low education.

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