Five journalists charged by Myanmar junta over the coverage of the coup

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Today five journalists were formally charged by the Myanmar court; one was a photographer from the Associated Press (AP). The charges were based on their coverage of the anti-coup protests in Myanmar right after a week when the military raided the newspapers and revoked the media licenses. Myanmar has been in an uproar since the 1st of February after the leader Aung San Suu Kyi was deposed from power by the military. This move triggered an uprising on a large scale, and thousands and thousands of people went on to the streets protested and asked for democracy. Five journalists who were converting the anti-coup protests in Yangon were arrested and are now facing the charges of spreading false news, causing fear, and agitating government employees directly or indirectly. After the coup, the laws have been amended by the junta, and the maximum sentence has been increased from two to three years.

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