Journalists arrested in Myitkyina

San Latt / April 15, 2021

Myo Myat Myat Pan / Facebook

A female journalist from Myitkyina News Journal (MNJ) based in the Kachin State capital was arrested yesterday by the security forces loyal to the ruling military-regime State Administration Council (SAC).

Myo Myat Myat Pan in her mid-20s was detained at her home in Shatapru Quarter in Myitkyina late evening, according to her family. She is officially resigned from the Myitkyina News Journal since early of March.

Myo Myat Myat Pan right now is at the No.1 police station in Myitkyina, and I don’t know the status of legal proceeding against her, Hkawn Mai, an elder sister of Myo Myat Myat Pan, told The Kachin Post. She was told by the police that her sister was detained for further investigation.

Hkawn Mai said that she asked to help from Peace-Talk Creation Group, a negotiation team between authorities and the people, to release for her sister Myo Myat Myat Pan.

Myo Myat Myat Pan was a senior reporter at the Myitkyina News Journal and she had been working there for more than two years. She is originally from Namti town, and graduated at the Myitkyina University with Chemistry major. Myo Myat Myat Pan did reporting especially on stories related to human rights and women issues.

On the same day, two others reporters; Ah Je and Christopher from Myitkyina News Journal were also arrested.

On April 1st, Chan Bu from the 74Media and La Raw from the Kachin Wave charged with Article 505/a shortly after they were arrested for reporting the anti-coup demonstration. Anyone who charged with Article 505/a could face up to three years in jail without bail.