Myanmar journalists sued for marking international protest

Protesting journalists on Nov 2, the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, were sued under Article 19 by the Kyauktada police. Article 19 is similar to Article 18, which regards peaceful assembly. The former is used when protesters breach rules and permission granted by the authorities.

"The journalists who protested on Nov 2 were sued with Article 19. Police from Kyauktada filed the case," Police Lt-Col Win Kyi told the Eleven Media.

Approximately 150 journalists prayed to stop the imprisonment of journalists and suppression of the media, while wearing white T- shirts and circling the Sule Pagoda.

"We prayed for all journalists worldwide. In Myanmar, journalists are imprisoned and their families suffer. Since the judiciary is unfair, we rely on the Buddha. However, we are now being sued for praying," Shwe Mhune, chief reporter of the Union Journal, said.

Journalists applied to the authorities to hold the prayers but were told to hold the event at Hi' Tain (a post erected specially for people to air grievances in Tamwe Township), according to the general administrator of the township. Journalists tried to meet the administrator but they failed.