Three reporters arrested by Burmese military in ethnic areas

The Burmese military of Tatmadaw has arrested three reporters and four other people on charges of associating with the ethnic Taang armed group, according to the Myanmar Times Online report on Wednesday.

The arrest was made on Tuesday as seven people were travelling in two cars which were stopped by the Tatmadaw near Phayargyi village in Namsan township in northern Shan State.

The three reporters are U Aye Naing and U Pyae Bone Naing from Democratic Voice of Burma and U Thein Zaw from the Irrawaddy News.

Ko Kyaw Zwa Moe, an editor for Irrawaddy’s English version said they have only learned that one of their reporters was arrested through the military’s statement.

The military statement said the detainees were returning from Myothit village in Namwan township where TNLA have outposts and camps. The statement accused the seven detainees of associating with the ethnic Taang armed group.

U Than Win Htut, an editor at the Democratic Voice of Burma, said his two reporters were travelling to Shan State to cover the narcotic drug destruction events.

He said he would consult lawyers regarding the arrest of his two reporters.