Plain Cloth Police Search Rakhine News Office and Arrest Three Journalists in Rakhine State


Narinjara office is searched by plain cloth police in Sittway 

Sittway. March 31, 2020
Ten plain cloth police come to Narinjara news office in Rakhine State capital and search the office.  The police also arrest the senior journalist and two more staffs and confiscate three computers.

The arrest takes place after Special Branch police file charges with the counter terrorism laws 50 (A) and 52 (A) against the news outlet's chief editor Khaing Mrat Kyaw at Myoma Police Station in the morning  on March 31, 2020. The chief editor is out of the office during the searching. 

The three arrested journalists are Thein Zaw, Aung Lin Tun, and Tun Naing. Their families don’t know where they are taken to. They are concerned the safety and harsh interrogations of their sons.  

Their parents even don’t know what charges the police filed against their sons.

The tough charges are made against the chief editor after Home Minister Lt. General Saw Htut announced Arakan Army as terrorist organization. 

One of the police officers remains in anonymous says Khaing Mrat Kyaw is charged with anti terrorist laws for interviewing and broadcasting AA spokesperson Khaing Thu Kha. 

There is no report found Narianjara broadcasted the interview after the announcement. 

In addition to crackdown Rakhine media, U Nay Myo Lin, Chief Editor of Voice of Myanmar (MOV), is issued detention-remand by the court in Mandalay and charged with counter terrorism laws 50 (A) and 52 (A) on March 31st

Police arrest him at the office this morning in Mandalay. 

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