Nying Nying Aye (Mabel)

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Myanmar journalist Nying Nying Aye, also known as Mabel, is serving a three-year sentence for criminal incitement, a charge Myanmar’s military regime has used broadly to stifle independent news reporting since staging a democracy-suspending coup in 2021. 

On July 14, 2022, an Insein Township Court in Yangon sentenced Nying Nying Aye, a freelance reporter who contributes regularly to the local news website Mizzima, to three years in prison with hard labor under Section 505(a) of the penal code, according to multiple news reports.

Nying Nying Aye started reporting on domestic politics for Mizzimasoon after the February 1, 2021, coup, according to the outlet’s editor-in-chief Soe Myint, who communicated with CPJ via email. She was arrested on January 15, 2022, and held in pretrial detention until her conviction, according to the reports and Soe Myint.

The Ministry of Information did not reply to CPJ’s emailed request for comment on Nying Nying Aye’s conviction and status in prison in late 2022.