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US calls for release of AP journalist, 5 others charged in Myanmar

  • Published at 09:24 am March 4th, 2021
Myanmar Journalist
A journalist and a police officer take pictures of each other as people protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar February 23, 2021. Picture taken February 23, 2021 Reuters

‘We are deeply concerned about the increasing attacks on and arrests of journalists,’ said Price

The United States on Wednesday called on military authorities in Myanmar to release an Associated Press journalist and five other members of the media detained while covering demonstrations against a military coup.

US State Department spokesman Ned Price said he was “appalled and revulsed” by reports and images of a crackdown on protesters, in which Myanmar security forces killed at least 38 people on Wednesday.

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Thein Zaw, 32, a Burmese journalist for US newswire the Associated Press, was among six journalists who were detained during the protests and charged with violating a public order law, according to their lawyer.

“We are deeply concerned about the increasing attacks on and arrests of journalists,” said Price.

Also read- UN says 38 dead in Myanmar's bloodiest day since coup

“We call on the military to immediately release these individuals and to cease intimidation and harassment of the media and others unjustly detained merely for doing their jobs.”

Price said the United States, which has already sanctioned the coup leaders and some military companies, was considering further policy measures to hold the Myanmar military accountable, while attempting to rally an international response.

“We call on all countries to speak with one voice to condemn brutal violence by the Burmese military against its own people and to promote accountability for the military’s actions that have led to the loss of life of so many people in Burma,” said Price.

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