Burmese freelance journalist sentenced to 15 years in prison — H Talk Asia

Myanmar journalist Myo San Soe has been sentenced to 15 years in prison on two counts of terrorism by a court at Pyapon prison in the Ayeyarwady region.

According to his family, he was transferred to Pathein prison on Thursday immediately after the sentencing. Pyapon Prison only holds people sentenced to 10 years or less.

He received a 10-year sentence under Section 50(j) of the Counter-Terrorism Act and a five-year sentence under Section 52(a), a family member told RFA.

“I feel like we’re having fewer kids,” she said. “It’s only two kids. He lives in our home and we had no one to rely on when he wasn’t around. His mother is crying here.”

The family member, who declined to be identified for security reasons, said Myo San Soe gave 30,000 kyat (US$14) to help young people who fled to safety after attending anti-junta protests. However, he was arrested on October 29, 2022 and accused of being in contact with members of the People’s Defense Forces (PDF).

Myo San Soe is a freelance journalist who has reported for the Ayeyarwaddy (sic) Times, BNI News and Delta News Agency, which were banned by the junta after the military seized power in February 2021, leaving him without a job.

According to the RFA, a total of 143 journalists have been arrested nationwide in the 22 months since the coup, and 47 are still in prison.