The following is an excerpt of a 31 July 2019 CPJ blog post by Shawn W. Crispin/CPJ Senior Southeast Asia Representative.
When Myanmar soldiers shot and killed five people in Rakhine State’s Buthidaung Township on March 21, The Irrawaddy was on the scene to report. Witnesses claimed 200 soldiers surrounded the township’s Say Taung village and indiscriminately fired on homes. The victims, witnesses quoted in The Irrawaddy said, were found with bullet wounds to their heads and torsos.
Myanmar’s military took offense to The Irrawaddy’s reporting, with a spokesperson saying that the armed assault was aimed at Arakan Army insurgents, not civilians, and that media coverage, including by The Irrawaddy, had not been fair. In April, the military filed a criminal online defamation complaint against Ye Ni, The Irrawaddy’s Burmese-language editor, over the website’s coverage of the conflict. If convicted under the Telecommunication Law’s Section 66(d), the editor faces a possible two-year jail sentence.
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