Tin Shwe, a reporter for the Magway Post news website, was arrested on March 26, 2021, while reporting on a protest against the military junta in Minbu town, Magwe Region, according to a report by Democratic Voice of Burma and a database maintained by the rights group Assistance Association of Political Prisoners.
His arrest came in the wake of the military’s February 1, 2021, democracy-suspending coup and subsequent protests. The military junta cracked down on Myanmar’s independent media, detaining dozens of journalists, according to those sources and CPJ research.
On March 13, he had reported on protest-related violence and arrests in Magwe, according to social media posts that cited his work.
Tin Shwe is being held at Magwe Prison on charges under Article 505(a) of the penal code, according to the AAPP. The broad provision criminalizes “any attempt to cause fear, spread false news or agitate directly or indirectly a criminal offense against a government employee” or that “causes their hatred, disobedience, or disloyalty toward the military and the government.” Convictions under the provision allow for a maximum three-year prison sentence.
The Ministry of Information did not reply to CPJ’s emailed request sent in late November 2021 for comment on his legal status and treatment in detention.