The US and UK governments expressed concerns over the recent jailing of the Unity Weekly journalists.
Twenty-one media workers in Irrawaddy Division staged a mass prayer in the capital Bassein [Pathein] as a symbolic protest.
Local reporters in Pegu Division refused to cover a visit by the Burmese vice president on Tuesday, choosing instead to stage a silent protest.
The recent jailing of Unity Weekly journalists and the threats of legal action against reporters is hindering the free press, the Interim Press Council said.
Over 50 journalists and their supporters have been charged for protesting illegally after calling for media freedom.
Amnesty International said it was a “dark day for freedom of expression” in Burma, while Reporters Sans Frontières referred to the sentencing as a “grave setback for press freedom” in…