Publisher found stabbed to death in Myanmar

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemns the brutal murder of Wai Yan Heinn in Myanmar last week. The IFJ calls for an immediate and thorough investigation into the murder. Wai Yan Heinn, the 27 year old weekly magazine editor at the Iron Rose was found dead on Sunday, April 16, at the publications offices in Rangoon’s Pazundaung Township. Heinn published a number of articles that have been critical of the elites in Myanmar particularly the military, business and government. Police captain Yin Htwe told Reuters that Heinn was stabbed 15 times in the chest and abdomen. The exact date of his murder is unknown as it was neighbors who contacted the publication’s chief editors, complaining of an odor coming from the publications office.  A determination is currently being made as to when the killing took place. Iron Rose was known to be critical of Myanmar’s establishment. Recent stories were critical of Myanmar’s former ruling generals and the businessmen connected to them.   IFJ general secretary, Anthony Bellanger said: "We deplore the brutal murder of Ye Min. The IFJ demand an immediate investigation into the murder and decisive action from the government guarantee press freedom in Myanmar."

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