“All three journalists are in good health. What they really need is food. Aye Naing can eat the food here, but the two younger journalists cannot stomach it.”
Several prominent voices claim the arrest of the three Burmese reporters was unlawful or unconstitutional.
The Irrawaddy’s Lawi Weng and DVB’s Aye Nai and Pyae Phone Aung, along with three civilians, were charged today under the Unlawful Association Act.
The English website of The Irrawaddy was brought down on Thursday by hackers, following the Burmese news group’s coverage of nationalist monk Wirathu.
Burmese authorities have introduced new visa regulations for foreign correspondents as of early February, limiting foreign journalists to one month visas, instead of the previous three month stay.
Of more than 30 publishers who originally applied to launch daily newspapers, seven have relinquished their licences while another five must go to print before 31 March or face the…