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UN report decries ‘political campaign’ against journalism in Myanmar

September 11, 2018

Myanmar, which has faced international outrage over the jailing of two Reuters journalists for their reporting on a massacre of Rohingya Muslims, is conducting a “political campaign” against independent journalism, the UN said Tuesday.

A fresh report from the UN rights office decried “the instrumentalisation of the law and of the courts by the government and military in what constitutes a political campaign against independent journalism,” and slammed the “failure of the judiciary to uphold the fair trial rights of those targeted.”

Dispatches from AFP concerning freedom of information, censorship and news coverage in regions where independent media is under threat.