JFA demands credible probe into Burmese scribe’s murder

By NJ Thakuria Guwahati:

Par-Gyi-photoJournalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) expresses shock at the murder of a Burmese journalist who used to report from the conflict zone in Mon province of eastern Burma (Myanmar).

As the Burmese media reported, Aung Kyaw Naing was assassinated in the backdrop of recent fighting between the Burmese Army and Karen ethnic rebels. Shamefully Mr Naing, also known as Par Gyi, was in the military custody when he got killed.

Mr Naing, 49,  was detained by the Burmese Army on September 30 from Kyaikmayaw town of Mon province and he was killed on October 4 by the soldiers as the journalist allegedly tried to run away seizing a weapon from the Army personnel on duty.

The Burmese Army also accused Mr Naing of maintaining an unethical relationship with some ethnic  armed militants, who have been waging a war against the Burma government seeking greater autonomy for decades.

The freelance journalist, who contributed news and photographs for various Burmese publications namely Yangon Times, Eleven Media, The Voice etc,  left behind his wife Than Dar, who is an activist of Rangoon-based Peace and Women Network, a daughter and few other relatives. His body is yet to be delivered to the family by the government forces.

Presently embracing democracy after decades of military dictatorship, Burma has relatively lower number of incidents relating to the murder of media persons. The last incident when a journalist (Kenji Nagai) was assassinated in Burma took place in 2007.  Earlier U Hla Han and U Tha Win were killed in 1999.

The JFA strongly demands an impartial and credible probe into the killing of  Mr Naing and make the men in uniform accountable for his mysterious death. Moreover the northeast India based media body urges the Burma government to allow the family members of the journalist to have his body for last rites.

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