PEC condemns Myanmar junta for murdering Rakhine journalist

Nava Thakuria Guwahati: The Geneva-based global media safety and rights body, Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) has condemned the murder of journalist Ko Myat Thu Tun (alias Phoe Thiha) along with six other political prisoners by the Myanmar military junta under their custody. It came to public notice only after the Arakan Army, a Rakhine State based ethnic armed group, captured Mrauk-U township from the junta forces and recovered their bodies dumped together, reported local media. Also read | “Writings & speeches of Radhabinod Koijam—An Anthology” released; Solution to Manipur crisis not very far, says CM N Biren according to a statement issued by the Arakan Army, most of the deceased were under forties and the exact dates of their killing are yet to be confirmed. A former reporter for Democratic Voice of Burma, Myat Thu Tun also contributed under the name of Phoe Thiha to other media outlets like 7Day News Journal, The Voice, Development Media Group, etc. Another victim Ko Kyaw Zan Wai was an active social media user, who often posted humorous content about the junta. Also read | United Democratic Party demands action against BSF personnel over harassment “It’s shocking that the Rakhine journalist was murdered by the junta soldiers when he was under their custody. The frustrated military junta, which is facing offensives from a number of armed groups with failures in many battles, must respect the civilian’s rights. For any reason, the Min Aung Hlaing led military regime in Naypietaw, should be allowed to kill a media person. We demand a fair probe into the incident to bring the military dictators under the international criminal laws,” said PEC president Blaise Lempen. Also read | Minister Awangbou Newmai to grace Lui-Ngai-Ni festival celebrating cultural revival PEC’s southeast Asia representative Nava Thakuria informed that Myat Thu Tun along with other six civilians were probably killed by two soldiers belonging to 378th Light Infantry Battalion on 31 January as they faced the AA offensive in Mrauk-U locality in western Myanmar. The bodies were also buried in a bomb shelter near the township hospital. Shockingly, the junta has not issued any statement on the incident and hence the family was unaware about the death of Myat Thu Tun, who was arrested from his residence some months back. Join Ukhrul Times WhatsApp Channel today This is not a Ukhrul Times publication. UT is not responsible for, nor does it necessarily endorse, its content. Any reports or views expressed are solely those of the author or publisher and do not necessarily reflect those of Ukhrul Times.
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