Crackdown on Freedom of Speech Condemned

The organization also called on Burma’s partner nations in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to abandon their policy of non-interference and bring pressure on Burma’s rulers to adopt international norms of free expression.

The group cited the recent increase in unfair trials of journalists and free speech activists, followed by lengthy prison sentences meant to deter freedom of expression.

A Rangoon-based magazine editor said that the military authorities are seeking to intimidate local journalists prior to the 2010 general elections.

“It is the clear message to the journalists,” he told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday. “If someone writes critically of the upcoming election, they will be punished with long prison terms.” continue

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