August 8, 2017

Urgent Action Update: Media Workers Face Additional Charges (Myanmar: UA 137.17)


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While newspaper editor Kyaw Min Swe has been released on bail, he remains on trial for “online defamation’’ for a satirical article mocking the Myanmar Army. In addition, he and his colleague Kyaw Zwar Naing are now also facing additional charges in connection with the article. They have been charged solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Immediately drop all charges against Kyaw Min Swe and Kyaw Zwar Naing as they have been charged solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression;
  • Amend the 2013 Telecommunications Law and the 2014 Media Law to ensure that they comply with international human rights law and standards; and
  • Ensure that journalists and other media workers are able to carry out their right to freedom of expression without fear of surveillance, intimidation, harassment, arrest, prosecution or retribution, and guarantee the integrity of journalists and media workers.

Contact these two officials by 19 September, 2017:

Attorney General
U Tun Tun Oo
Union Attorney General
Office No. 25, Nay Pyi Taw
Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Fax: + 95 67 404 106
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Attorney General

Ambassador H.E Aung Lynn, Embassy of the Union of Myanmar
2300 S St. NW,
Washington DC 20008
Fax: 1 202 332 4351
Phone: 1 202 332 3344 OR 202 332 4350
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

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