Myanmar BBC freelancer sentenced to 3 years in prison


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Another journalist in military-ruled Myanmar is headed to prison. The freelancer was given a three-year sentence for spreading false information.

Htet Htet Khine is known for hosting a BBC program about issues facing Myanmar. She was detained in August last year.

Her lawyer confirmed the sentencing to NHK, saying a Yangon court found her guilty of causing social anxiety by spreading falsehoods.

BBC Media Action said it was alarmed to hear the news and “concerned for her safety and well-being.”

A group that represents independent journalists has been documenting the crackdown on press freedom.

It says 144 Myanmar journalists have been detained since the military seized power. Sixty-three remain in custody.

That count does not include foreign journalists. Japan’s Kubota Toru was detained on suspicion of illegally entering the country on a tourist visa and photographing protests. His trial is still underway.

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