Tun Lynn

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Myanmar Light(Myanma Alinn) reporter Tun Lynn has been detained since September 2021 on undisclosed charges. 

Tun Lynn, a staff correspondent with the local news outlet Myanmar Light(Myanma Alinn), was arrested by police on September 22, 2021, in Taungtha Township of Mandalay, according to a report by the U.S. Congress-funded broadcaster Radio Free Asia (RFA) and a database maintained by the Assistance Association of Political Prisoners, a local rights group. 

Tun Lynn was arrested soon after questioning an army captain about the money military officials collected at road checkpoints in Taungtha, according to the RFA report. He was not allowed contact with his family, the report said, adding that his whereabouts in detention were unknown. 

The journalist’s arrest came in the wake of the military’s February 1, 2021, democracy-suspending coup and subsequent protests. The military junta’s crackdown on Myanmar’s independent media, during which it has detained and sentenced dozens of journalists, continued through 2023.

CPJ was unable to confirm Tun Lynn’s whereabouts or legal status in 2023.

The Ministry of Information did not reply to CPJ’s October 2023 emailed request for comment on the charges against Tun Lynn and his detention.