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Officials conduct second raid on journal office

Feb 19, 2008 (DVB), The offices of the weekly journal Myanmar Nation in Thingangyun township, Rangoon division, were raided yesterday evening for the second time in four days.

In the first raid on Friday, journal editor Ko Thet Zin and administrator U Sein Win Maung were arrested after officials found a human rights report by United Nations special rapporteur Paulo Sergio Pinheiro and a factbook on the Panglong convention on the premises.

Ko Thet Zin's wife, Ma Khin Swe Myint, said that officials returned yesterday to search the office a second time.

"An official from Thingangyun police station and a group of about four or five government officials from other investigative departments raided the journal office," Khin Swe Myint said.

"They seized hard disks from the computers which contained news reports and photos to be used in the journals."

Khin Swe Myint was allowed to visit her husband in Thingangyun police station, where he and Sein Win Maung are still being questioned.

Authorities have not officially shut down the journal, but they have instructed the publisher to suspend further publications.

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw

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