YANGON - Several private newspapers in Myanmar printed black front pages on Friday to protest the recent arrests and sentencing of journalists, in the latest sign the country's media climate is worsening.
The black front pages - which included a protest message - in the influential Daily Eleven newspaper, its Sports journal and other papers follow a court decision on Monday in which a video journalist for Democratic Voice of Burma was sentenced to one year imprisonment for trespassing and obstructing a civil servant while doing a story on education.
"We are publishing the black front page in protest against the sentencing of the DVB reporter and also to oppose the recent harassment of journalists,'' Wai Phyo, chief editor of the Daily Eleven newspaper, told The Associated Press.
Keep up-to-date with the latest on coup d'etat with Bangkok Post SMS News. Call *451391000 to subscribe – 39 baht/month (7 days free, available in Thailand only) Bangkok Post SMS News: Deliver only trustworthy news on SMS
This article is older than 60 days, which we reserve for our premium members only.You can subscribe to our premium member subscription, here.