Mawlamyine, 7 September
A military tribunal sentenced Myanmar Now’s photo journalist to 20 years in prison with hard labour on 6 September, the sources close to his family said to Than Lwin Times.
Sai Zaw Thaike was arrested as he was covering news on Cyclone Mocha in Rakhine State.
“This sentence is too harsh for a journalist. It is not fair for him. We have not met with him,” said a source close to his family to Than Lwin Times.
The Myanmar Press Council formed by the military junta has not made any statement on this sentence.
The Committee to Protect Journalists has reported at least 42 journalists have been detained until 1 December 2022 since the military coup.
Most of the arrested journalists were charged with incitement and false news, and sentenced from 2 to 3 years.
Although Than Lwin Times tried to contact Myanmar Now’s editor-in-chief Ko Swe Win for the sentence of Sai Zaw Thaike, he did not make any response.
News—Than Lwin Times