IFJ Welcomes Release of Burmese Writer and Publisher

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)

welcomes the release of Aung Kyaw San, writer and publisher of the Myanmar

Tribune, from Taunggyi prison in the Burmese state of Shan, in the

country’s east on January 26.


San was

sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment under the country’s Unlawful Association

Act for his involvement as a volunteer in helping in the search and burial

efforts after Cyclone Nargis in 2008, according to Burmese media portal

Mizzima, operated in exile from India

and Thailand.


The sentence

was reduced to two years on appeal, with Sun serving two years and seven months’

jail, including the time he was held under investigation before he was




journalist was arrested in 1989 for participating in the popular uprising in Burma

in 1988, and also published a journal Myanmar

Manager, which was banned in 1996.


“The IFJ

welcomes the release of Aung Kyaw San, despite the questionable charges that

led to his imprisonment,” IFJ Asia-Pacific

Director Jacqueline Park said.



release, like that of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, does not however

mean Burma’s military rulers are loosening their tight grip on political

opposition or a free media.”


Aung San

Suu Kyi was released from house arrest on November 13, 2010, immediately after Burma’s

general election, which was plagued by allegations of fraud.


For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919



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