Two Myanmar editors fined for violating media law 


July 21, Yangon: Two editors of a weekly newspaper in Myanmar have been fined one million kyat ($809) each for their alleged guilt of violating country’s media law by insulting the president.

A court in Myanmar in the capital, Naypyitaw on Tuesday fined chief editor of Myanmar Herald Kyaw Swa Win, and the deputy chief editor, Arnt Khaung Min for violating the media law by printing articles affecting an individual’s reputation.

The case was one of several seen by press freedom advocates as an effort to intimidate the media ahead of a general election scheduled for November.

Nine other staff members of the weekly paper were acquitted in the case, which was filed by the Information Ministry last November after publication of an interview with a political analyst. The analyst, in the interview, had described President Thein Sein as a fool.

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