Journalists, activists call for end to repression

To mark the International Day to End Impunity on November 2, about 150 journalists and activists held a ceremony for recently murdered colleague Aung Kyaw Naing (aka Par Gyi) and prayed for the ending of repression over reporters at the Sule Pagoda. 

Participants had their right hands tied with black ribbons and held lighted candles to express their condolences for Aung Kyaw Naing, allegedly killed by the military last month.

“Today is the International Day to End Impunity, designated officially by the United Nations. Journalists around the world have been repressed and murdered. But the actions against the injustices are slow and impotent,” said Myint Kyaw during the ceremony, adding that local reporters may probably have to deal with the misfortune faced by Aung Kyaw Naing in upcoming general election.

Shwe Hmone, one of the attendees, weighed in: “Media repression is still an unending story. Besides Ko Par Gyi, reporters of Unity Journal were given a 10-year imprisonment with only three years reduced after the appeal. Likewise, the journalists of Bi Mon Te Nay were also slapped with maximum penalty: two-year term. Their appeal has been overturned.”

The organisers firstly applied to stage a demonstration at Kyauktada Police Station but allowed with limitations, therefore the ceremony instead took place at the Sule Pagoda in downtown Yangon.


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