21 April 2016
5 journalists from the Unity Newspaper in Myanmar, a South Asian country, have been given a Presidential pardon and released after being arrested for an article published by the newspaper.
In 2014, 5 media workers- Lu Maw Naing, Yarzar Oo, Paing Thet Kyaw, Sithu Soe and the newspaper’s chief executive officer Tint San- were arrested after an article was published about a secret chemical weapons factory being built in the country.
They were charged with the crime of disclosing state secrets and unfairly sentenced to 10 years imprisonment with hard labour. Fortunately, the 5 journalists have been released along with 83 other prisoners following worldwide campaigns demanding the release of prisoners of conscience in the country.
This is in line with the new government’s pledge to end political arrests and violations of human rights in Myanmar.