The Free Burma VJ campaign on 9 September protested in front of the Burmese embassy in Bangkok to call for the release of jailed Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) video-journalist (VJ), Hla Hla Win.
Hla Hla Win turned 27 on 29 August. She was first arrested in September 2009, just after the anniversary of the 2007 monk-led uprising, and was sentenced to 27 years in jail. The arrest took place as she was returning from a DVB reporting assignment in Pakokku township, Magwe division, where she had conducted interviews with Buddhist monks in a local monastery.
Today, dozens of participants wearing Hla Hla Win’s mask protested in front of the Burmese embassy in Bangkok. They called for the immediate release of the young journalist as well as the release of all political prisoners in Burma.
Aye Chan Naing, DVB Executive Director and Chief Editor, said: “There is no legal justification to arrest Hla Hla Win and she should not have been arrested in the first place or spent a single day in jail. We ask the Burmese government to let her free immediately.”