Myitkyina Journal ordered to cease publishing

San Latt / May 03, 2021

A Burmese-language Myitkyina News Journal (MNJ) based in Myitkyina, Kachin State has announced yesterday that the publication ceased to publish, a few days after it received a notice of revoking the publication licence from the Ministry of Information of State Administration Council (SAC).

“This is a blackout of information stream for citizens of the Kachin State by suppressing the major news agency in the State,”a co-founder and the Chief Editor Maran Seng Mai told The Kachin Post. “We don’t do any illegal activities,” She said.

Myitkyina News Journal was accused of breaching the country’s publishing act of section 8 by publishing the material which help individuals who incited instability of the country and jeopardizing the country’s security, according the SAC’s Information Ministry order. Myitkyina News Journal is prohibited to use any kinds of media or technology starting from April 29, 2021.

Myitkyina News Journal published more on the activities of anti-coup demonstration and related stories in the Kachin State, since Burma was under the military regime on February 1st 2021.

Three of MNJ reporters were detained in the middle of last month by the military authorities. One of them was a female journalist Myo Myat Myat Pan and the other two are Ah Je and Christopher.

|Myitkyina News Journal was founded in March 29, 2014, reporting online and weekly publication in Burmese language in the areas of war, politic, human rights, gender and environment. It’s Facebook page has an over a million followers.

“We’ll come back on one day,” Maran Seng Mai promised.