Harsh jail term for Burmese journalist

January 29, 2010 1:52 PM ET

We issued this statement today, after a special court in Burma handed down a 13-year sentence to journalist Ngwe Soe Lin, also known as Tun Kyaw, who reported for the Norway-based Democratic Voice of Burma Wednesday. He had been held since June 2009...
“The harsh sentencing of Ngwe Soe Lin is part of a continued crackdown by Burma’s junta following the large anti-government protests in September 2007. Adding his name to the list of at least nine other journalists being held behind bars in Burma is an indicator of how brutal the government’s attitude toward silencing the press has become over the years,” said Bob Dietz, CPJ’s Asia program coordinator.
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