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Myanmar courts lengthen detention of AP journalist, 5 others

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More than 70 people have been killed and about 2,000 arrested in a crackdown on protests since Myanmar’s navy took power in a coupon Feb 1, advocacy physique the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners says.

The six journalists, all arrested on Feb 27, weren’t delivered to courtroom docket nonetheless attended the listening to by means of teleconference from jail. They have not been allowed to see their households or authorized professionals in people given that arrest.

Lawyer Tin Zar Oo said the case of her shopper, Thein Zaw of the Associated Press, and 4 others, would subsequent be heard on March 24.

“He seems OK, but he said he has asthma, so he is a bit uncomfortable,” she said, speaking of Thein Zaw. “His family members got to talk to him.”

Another courtroom docket extended detention until March 25 for a sixth journalist, from Myanmar Now, the group’s editor-in-chief, Swe Win, said.

Court officers did not comment.

The US state division has voiced concern in regards to the arrests and urged the short launch of the journalists.

Authorities in Myanmar have raided the workplaces of 4 neutral info organizations all through a previous few days. The authorities have moreover stripped the licenses of 5 organizations which have been energetic in overlaying the protests.

At least 35 journalists have been arrested given that the Feb. 1 coup, Myanmar Now reported, of whom 19 have been launched.

A junta spokesman instructed an info conference on Thursday that the navy revered and valued press freedom nonetheless that the arrested journalists had been scary unrest.

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