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Japanese journalist, arrested in Myanmar, charged with spreading false news

The Myanmar authorities haven’t equipped info on the main points of the alleged offenses of the journalist, Yuki Kitazumi, stated a Japanese embassy official, who declined to be named.

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PUBLISHED ON MAY 04, 2021 03:57 PM IST



A Japanese journalist detained in Myanmar final month has been charged with spreading false news, an official on the Japanese embassy in Yangon stated on Tuesday, amid a crackdown on media for the reason that army seized energy three months in the past.

Yuki Kitazumi, who had been picked up from his house by troops and brought into custody on April 19, is the primary international journalist to be charged for the reason that army ousted the elected authorities of Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

Kitazumi, who was being held at Insein Prison in Yangon, has been charged below part 505A of the penal code, which criminalises feedback that might trigger worry or unfold false news and is punishable by as much as three years in jail.

The Myanmar authorities haven’t equipped info on the main points of the alleged offenses, stated a Japanese embassy official, who declined to be named.

A spokesman for the junta didn’t reply to calls asking for remark.

Kitazumi runs a media manufacturing company, Yangon Media Professionals, and was a journalist with the Nikkei business each day, in keeping with his Facebook web page and interviews with on-line media.

He was arrested beforehand in February whereas protecting protests in opposition to the Feb. 1 coup however was launched quickly afterward.

According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners activist group, 766 folks have been killed by safety forces for the reason that coup and greater than 3,600 stay in detention, together with Suu Kyi.

Both the Japanese authorities and Japanese journalists have referred to as for his launch.

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