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Myanmar Arrests 2 More Local Journalists As Media Crackdown Continues

Myanmar: Reporters Without Borders said apprehension of the two journalists was unlawful. (File)

Myanmar's aggressive government has arrested two added bounded journalists, the army-owned television appear on Saturday, in the latest in a across-the-board crackdown on the media aback a February 1 coup.

Sithu Aung Myint, a columnist for account armpit Frontier Myanmar and a analyst with Voice of America radio, and Htet Htet Khine, a contributor who has formed for the BBC Burmese service, were arrested on August 15, Myawaddy TV reported.

Sithu Aung Myint was answerable with cabal and overextension apocryphal advice in amusing media posts that Myawaddy said were analytical of the band and apprenticed bodies to accompany strikes and aback banned action movements.

Htet Htet Khine was accused of harbouring Sithu Aung Myint, a capital bent suspect, and for alive for and acknowledging a adumbration National Unity Government.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on Saturday that the brace were actuality captivated "incommunicado" and their apprehension was unlawful.

"We acerb adjudge the approximate altitude of their detention, which reflect the atrocity with which the aggressive band treats journalists," said Daniel Bastard, arch of RSF's Asia-Pacific desk.

Myanmar charcoal abounding with alternation and action to army rule, beneath which added than 1,000 bodies accept been killed, according to an activist accumulation that has tracked killings by aegis forces.

The military, which has revoked the licenses of abounding account outlets, says it respects the role of media but will not abide the advertisement of account it believes to be apocryphal or acceptable to actualize accessible unrest.

A address by the Committee to Protect Journalists aftermost ages said Myanmar's rulers had finer criminalised absolute journalism.

Human Rights Watch said the army government, which has arrested 98 journalists aback the coup, stop prosecuting media staff. Of those arrested, 46 remained in aegis as of the end of July.

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