Kyaw Swar Tun

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Myanmar journalist Kyaw Swar Tun, a reporter with the local Mizzima, is being held in pretrial detention on undisclosed charges related to his news reporting. 

Kyaw Swar Tun was arrested while flying a drone on September 8, 2022, in downtown Yangon, according to Mizzima editor-in-chief Soe Myint, who communicated with CPJ via email.

Soe Myint said it was not immediately clear where and under what charge Kyaw Swar Tun was being held as of October 2022. Kyaw Swar Tun has also previously reported for the local 7Day TV and Myanmar Press Photo Agency, according to news reports

Soe Myint said Kyaw Swar Tun was not reporting on a Mizzima assignment at the time of his arrest. Mizzima is among several local publications that the military junta regime has banned since staging a February 1, 2021, democracy-suspending coup. 

The Ministry of Information did not reply to CPJ’s emailed request for comment sent in October 2022 on Kyaw Swar Tun’s legal status and whereabouts.