Drone-flying camera crew freed from jail in Myanmar
YAMETHIN, Myanmar (AFP) â" Foreign and local journalists jailed for flying a drone near Myanmarâs Parliament were released yesterday after spending two months in prison, in a case that spiked alarm over an increasingly dangerous climate for reporters in the country.
Lau Hon Meng from Singapore and Mok Choy Lin from Malaysia were on assignment for Turkish state broadcaster TRT when they were detained in late October along with Myanmar journalist Aung Naing Soe and driver Hla Tin.
The crew was shooting a documentary in Myanmarâs capital Naypyidaw.
Expecting to receive a fine, they confessed to flying the drone but were instead sentenced to two months in jail under Myanmarâs aircraft act.
Yesterday morning, the group was released from a jail north of the capital after a court dropped additional charges that carried between three and five more years in prison.
âThey were all released this morning at 7am from Yamethin prison,â lawyer Khin Maung Zaw told AFP.
He added that the two foreign journalists were being taken directly to Yangon international airport for flights out of the country, while the two Myanmar nationals have already been reunited with their families.
Aung Naing Soe, the local reporter who spent his 27th birthday behind bars, said he hoped other detained journalists in Myanmar would soon be released too.
At least 11 reporters have been arrested in the former junta-run country in 2017.
Several have been released but two Reuters journalists remain in custody and are facing up to 14 years in prison under the draconian colonial-era Official Secrets Act for allegedly possessing classified documents.
Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27 â" Myanmar nationals who had been reporting for the news agency on a military-led crackdown on Rohingya â" were arrested a fortnight ago after they were invited to meet police for dinner.
They were remanded in custody for a further two weeks after an emotional reunion with family members at a brief court hearing on Wednesday â" the first time the pair had been allowed access to relatives, colleagues or lawyers.Sumber: Google News | Liputan 24 Soe