Yin Yin Thein

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Myanmar freelance journalist Yin Yin Thein was violently arrested on November 18, 2021, by a group of 30 military and police authorities at her home in Indaw Township of Sagaing Division, according to local press reports

Authorities confiscated her phone, laptop computer, and video camera tripods during the raid on her home, according to a Mizzima report, which quoted an anonymous relative who witnessed the arrest. 

Yin Yin Thein was being detained at the Indaw police station on unclear charges, according to the Mizzima report and a report by the Assistance Association of Political Prisoners, a local rights group. 

Her 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

Yin Yin Thein is a regular contributor to the local Lightning Journal and Monitor News Journal, and is a member of the Myanmar Journalists Association, the Mizzima report said. 

The Ministry of Information did not reply to CPJ’s emailed request for comment sent in late November 2021 on her legal status and treatment in detention.