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Woman reporter jailed for two years
A 24-year old woman reporter of a weekly journal in Myanmar was put away in prison for two years. Her crime? She was covering a gathering of refugees pleading for food from NGOs following Cyclone Nargis which killed over 1,35,000 people

IN THE unabated crackdown on dissidents and democracy activists, even journalists are not being spared in Myanmar. The military junta has now seen to a woman journalist, belonging to a weekly journal being sentenced to two years in jail.

The sentence on the 24-year old woman journalist, Ein Khaing Oo, barely two months into her job as a reporter of ‘Ecovision’ weekly journal was handed out by a court in Yangon’s Tamwe Township yesterday.

Several democracy activists and opposition party members who have been arrested and are still being picked up, are being sentenced for periods ranging from two to 65 years throughout this week, reports in the Myanmar media in exile said.

That trials in Myanmar are not entirely above board was evident because the sentencing of the reporter Ein Khaing Oo, came at a close-door trial. She was not permitted a defence lawyer and after her sentence was read out she was taken back to the infamous Insein prison, reports said.

The journalist was rounded up while she was covering refugees and victims of Nargis Cyclone victims appealing for food and relief from Yangon-based international NGOs relief on July 10, this year. The police also accused her of taking photographs of the cyclone victims to sell it to the foreign media. She has already spent five months in the notorious prison. A friend, who was with her, was sentenced to seven years in jail on charges of instigating riots, reports added.

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