Myanmar's press council condemns beating and arrests of journalists

Myanmar's press council condemns beating and arrests of journalists
Myanmar police are seen during the violence in Letpadan March 10, 2015.

Yangon-Myanmar Press Council (Interim) issued a statement condemning Myanmar Police Force's hostile action of beating and arresting the journalists covering news as to the main students' column of democracy education, disrespecting for local and international laws.

The full text of the statement issued by the MPC (Interim) is as follows:

(1) The MPC expresses much concern over the riot police's beating and arresting the journalists covering news to make it known to the public, keeping a close watch on the situations of the student protesters arriving in Letpadan, Bago Region.

(2) The journalists are reporting on actual situations without supporting or objecting to the protest of the students. Moreover, they are not participating in the demonstration of the students. Laws, rules and regulations are prescribed for the reporters regarding the riots and protests in the world.

The MPC (Interim) has an opinion about the riot police's crackdown and arrest of the journalists, disrespect for local and international laws, going against the rights of the reporters stipulated in the Media Law approved by the Union parliament and the fundamental rights of the citizens in the Constitution.

(3) Now is the second time the journalists have been arrested in Letpadan. The MPC (Interim) strongly objected to the improper action of the riot police. Moreover, the MPC (Interim) demands an immediate release of the arrested journalists.

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