Myanmar journalist Khaing Myint Tun, who is also known as Shwe Lin Thit, is serving a 10-year prison sentence for terrorism, a charge Myanmar’s military regime has used broadly to stifle independent news reporting since staging a democracy-suspending coup in 2021.
On April 5, 2022, a Taunggyi court convicted and sentenced him to 10 years in prison under the Counter Terrorism Law, according to multiple news reports and a database compiled by the Detained Journalists Information Myanmar private Facebook group, which CPJ reviewed.
News reports did not indicate what evidence was cited by judges for handing down his harsh conviction and sentencing.
Khaing Myint Tun, a contributor to the local independent Golden Triangle Times based in Shan State, was arrested on July 12, 2021, after returning from an anti-military, ethnic armed organization-controlled area, according to a Mekong News report.
An anonymous source quoted by Mekong News said that Khaing Myint Tun was beaten by police and inmates during interrogations, causing him to lose hearing in one of his ears. His family was not aware of his whereabouts until they learned of his conviction, the source in the Mekong News report said.
Golden Triangle Times did not reply to CPJ’s request for comment sent by Facebook messenger on his conviction and sentencing. Khaing Myint Tun was serving his sentence at Nyaungshwe Prison, He Hoe, Shan State, according to the Mekong News report.
Myanmar’s Ministry of Information did not reply to CPJ’s emailed request for comment on Khaing Myint Tun’s conviction, sentencing, detention and abuse allegations in late 2022.
Khaing Myint Tun was not included on the 2021 census because CPJ was not aware of his case at the time.