Thein Zaw, a journalist for The Related Press who was arrested final month whereas overlaying a protest in opposition to the coup in Myanmar, was launched from detention on Wednesday
YANGON, Myanmar — Thein Zaw, a journalist for The Related Press who was arrested final month whereas overlaying a protest in opposition to the coup in Myanmar, was launched from detention on Wednesday.
Thein Zaw informed the AP and his household of his launch by telephone after his second courtroom listening to since his arrest practically a month in the past.
Talking as he headed residence, he mentioned the decide in his case learn an announcement in courtroom that each one expenses in opposition to him had been being dropped as a result of he was doing his job on the time of his arrest.
“I’m looking forward to meeting my family members,” he mentioned, whereas expressing concern for different journalists who stay in custody. “I’m sorry for some colleagues who are still in prison.”
Thein Zaw had been charged with violating a public order regulation that carries a penalty of as much as three years’ imprisonment.
He was one in all 9 media staff taken into custody through the Feb. 27 avenue protest in Yangon, the nation’s largest metropolis, and had been held with out bail. About 40 journalists have been detained or charged because the Feb. 1 coup.
The Related Press and plenty of press freedom organizations have known as for the discharge of Thein Zaw and the opposite detained members of the press.
“The Associated Press is deeply relieved that AP journalist Thein Zaw has been freed from prison in Myanmar,” mentioned Ian Phillips, AP vp for worldwide information. “Our relief is tempered by the fact that additional journalists there remain detained. We urge Myanmar to release all journalists and allow them to report freely and safely on what is happening inside the country.”
Thein Zaw was arrested as he was photographing police, a few of them armed, charging down a avenue at anti-coup protesters. A video exhibits that though he stepped to the aspect of the road to get out of their means, a number of police rushed over and surrounded him. One put him in a chokehold as he was handcuffed after which taken away.
He had been saved at Yangon’s Insein Jail, infamous for many years for holding political prisoners, and which at the moment holds a whole bunch of individuals detained for protesting the coup that ousted the elected authorities of Aung San Suu Kyi.
Thein Zaw’s lawyer, Tin Zar Oo, was solely in a position to see her consumer for the primary time at a listening to on March 12 to resume his pre-trial detention, and even then it was by a video hyperlink that she and one in all Thein Zaw’s brothers watched on the Kamayut Township courtroom. His subsequent listening to had been scheduled for Wednesday.