Bangkok, February 14, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned that authorities have detained Ross Dunkley, editor-in-chief and chief executive officer of the Myanmar Times newspaper, on immigration-related charges in Burma.
an Australian citizen, was arrested on February 10 on returning to
detention comes amid tense negotiations with his local business partners over
future ownership and leadership of the Myanmar
Times, the statement said. The weekly newspaper, which maintains its
offices in downtown
"We call on Burmese authorities to
clarify why they are holding Ross Dunkley," said
Myanmar Times was established in 2000
as a local-foreign joint venture known as Myanmar Consolidated Media and is the
only foreign-invested media now operating in
The paper has had regular run-ins with the military's censorship board. The Burmese-language version of the publication was banned by government censors for a week after it published a story about a sharp rise in satellite license fees in 2008.
told CPJ that same year that censors rejected around 20 percent of the articles
he submitted for publication. His media group also owns and runs the English-language
daily Phnom Penh Post newspaper in