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The Myanmar court formally charged five journalists including one AP photojournalist

The Myanmar court formally charged five journalists covering local anti-coup protests, including a photojournalist for the Associated Press.

Agence France-Presse reported that the five journalists were formally charged via video on Friday. They are currently facing charges of “creating fear, spreading false information, or directly or indirectly inciting government employees.”

According to reports, after the coup in Myanmar, the military government revised the law and increased the maximum sentence from two years to three years in prison.

One of the reporters is Thein Zaw, a photojournalist for the Associated Press, who is 32 years old, he was arrested while filming a demonstration in Yangon on February 27. The other four accused journalists were from Myanmar Photo Agency, 7th News, Zee Kwet Online News, and a freelance writer.

Su Min, the editor-in-chief of the Mizma News Agency, said through a video conference at a group meeting of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand on Thursday that journalists have been “fully prepared” for the military’s media crackdown.

He said: “Personally, I am prepared to face anything (in the future), including arrest or being killed… To become an independent media in Myanmar, this is what we have to do.”

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