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November 4, 2014

သမၼတ အိုဘားမား ျမန္မာျပည္ ခရီးစဥ္ မွာ သတင္း သမား မ်ားအား အျကမ္းဖက္ သတ္ျဖတ္ေနမွုကို အဓိကထား ထည့္သြင္းေျပာျကား သြားမည္ ။ cr. Maha Mingyi

cr. Maha Mingyi

Myanmar authorities said on Tuesday that they would take legal action against a newspaper for an interview describing the words of the president as “absurd and insane”, amid mounting international concern over backtracking on press freedoms.

The Myanmar Herald Journal, renowned for its criticism of the government and ministers in the former junta-run country, was accused of having “tarnished the image and rights” of President Thein Sein, according to a statement from the information ministry published in state-backed media.

The decision to sue the paper, which authorities said followed a process of mediation by the interim press council, comes as media freedoms fall under the spotlight before a visit by US President Barack Obama next week.

His visit is likely to highlight concerns over journalist arrests and the death in army custody of a freelance reporter late last month.

According to the information ministry, the Myanmar Herald Journal ran an interview in which the subject described the president’s words as “gibberish, irrational, cheap and inconsistent… completely nonsensical, absurd and insane”.
The body of a journalist killed by Myanmar’s military will be exhumed Wednesday amid calls for an independent autopsy from his widow, who disagrees with the army’s explanation that he was shot trying to escape.
“I never believed the military,” Than Dar told The anadolu-agency by telephone as she travelled by bus to her husband’s grave in southeastern Mon State.
She has said she believes her husband — who the military has accused of working for Karen rebels — died while being tortured.
Officials from the police and military have said they will witness Wednesday’s exhumation, as well as members of the government-appointed human rights council in charge of the inquiry.
The freelance photographer and reporter was working for several local newspapers when he was detained Sept. 30 while covering an outbreak of fighting between government troops and ethnic Karen rebels.
The military says he was shot Oct. 4 after trying to steal a gun and escape, with authorities hastily burying his body before Than Dar learned of his death.
They only announced the killing weeks later in an emailed statement to Myanmar’s press council.
President Thein Sein has since announced an investigation into the killing after coming under pressure from the United States for a “transparent” inquiry. Myanmar’s stalling reform process is under the spotlight ahead of a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama for a regional summit in just over a week.

POSTED BY Goshal Lay

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