Burmese military junta authorities raided the office of the True News (Thitsa) Weekly Journal after sales of the journal picked up among supporters of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi waiting outside Insein prison on May 25, sources said.

On May 25 about 10 officials including police and intelligence personnel raided the office of True News Journal in Botataung Township of Rangoon Division.

Sources said, the Production Manager of the Journal had gone to sell the paper to the people assembled outside Insein prison on May 25, the day Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was produced in court. The raid was carried out in the evening of the same day.

“They sold the copies of the journal to the people outside Insein prison monitoring news of the trial. The journal office was searched the same evening by police and the intelligence unit,” a Rangoon-based editor, who has close relations with the Journal, told Mizzima.

An official of the Journal office confirmed of the raid but declined to elaborate.

Reportedly, authorities arrested a person staying in the office of the journal. But he was released the next day.

True News Journal, in its latest issue, carried an article by veteran journalist Ludu Sein Win as a cover story. The next day the censor board summoned an official of the journal and reportedly warned him.
“They changed the content of the journal, which was different from the draft copy permitted by the censor board. In the original copy, there was an article written by Maung Wuntha, which had been cleared by the censor board,” the editor said.

Reportedly the journal changed it with Ludu Sein Win’s article without permission but they were called and reprimanded and had to sign a pledge not to repeat in the future, the editor added.

But when contacted by Mizzima, the journal official refused to confirm the signing of the pledge saying, “We cannot answer this question for the time being. The person who was arrested is now with us.”

True News (Thitsa) Journal is popular among readers for its quality articles, which are its main features.

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