Myanmar Nation staff charged with press violations

Mar 3, 2008 (DVB), The editor and manager of the Myanmar Nation news journal appeared in court on Friday to face charges against them under the printing law.

Daw Khin Swe Myint, the wife of Myanmar Nation editor-in-chief U Thet Zin, said her husband and the journal's manager U Sein Win Maung appeared before Thingangyun township court for their first hearing and had their remand extended for another week.

Thet Zin and Sein Win Maung were arrested during a raid on the journal offices in Thingangyun township on 15 February by authorities, who also ordered the journal to suspend publication.

They were held at Thingangyun police station for 10 days before being charged with illegal publishing and printing under section 17/20 of the Printers and Publishers Registration Law and transferred to Insein prison.

Khin Swe Myint said government officials had informed her last Thursday that the journal could now resume publication.

"They said the journal can now start publishing again from this week," said Khin Swe Myint.

"But we have not prepared any contents for the next edition as we have been busy with my husband’s case."

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw

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