The ongoing use of repressive and outdated legislation to suppress and control media has a detrimental impact on democracy and press freedom: IFJ

Writer: 
Zaw Min Naing

 

The ongoing use of repressive and outdated legislation to suppress and control the media is having a detrimental impact on Myanmar’s democracy and freedom of the press, according to a statement by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).

The IFJ released this statement after the police arrested the chief editor of the Weekly Eleven Journal, the editor-in-charge and the chief reporter on October 10.

“These kinds of actions send a message to journalists in Myanmar that press freedom comes at a price,” the IFJ’s statement says.

The IFJ is a global union federation of journalists' trade unions—the largest in the world. The organization aims to protect and strengthen the rights and freedoms of journalists. It is also dedicated to working for solidarity, social justice, labor rights, globalization, democracy, human rights, and fighting poverty and corruption. The IFJ represents around 600,000 members in 140 countries.

Myo Nyunt Maung, Chief Editor of the Myanmar Thandawsint News Journal said: “The country has reduced to the situation which lacks “freedom of expression” and “freedom of press”. Such cases occur consecutively. There is one case every month.”

According to the report released by Athan, Freedom of Expression Activist Organization on October 10, there have been 44 journalists who have faced trials and there have been 28 complaints against journalists under the current government.