Journalists caught in crackdown by Myanmar junta

YANGON, Myanmar -Two journalists have been jailed for seven years each on charges of undermining Myanmar’s military junta after they were caught with a U.N. human rights report.A court in a northeastern suburb of Yangon on Friday sentenced Thet Zin, editor of the local Myanmar-language journal News Watch, and Sein Win Maung, the paper’s manager, under the country’s draconian Printing and Publishing Law.

The convictions are part of a renewed crackdown by the regime in the past month that has led to more than 100 people including activists, writers, musicians and Buddhist monks receiving jail sentences of as long as 68 years. Many have been transferred to prisons in remote regions.

The journalists’ jailing came on the same day a court inside Yangon’s Insein prison sentenced the remaining 13 members of the 88 Generation Students, a group at the forefront of a 1988 pro-democracy uprising, to six years for undermining stability, family members said.

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