Journalist ambushed and kidnapped in Myanmar

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The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemns the abduction of a journalist in Myanmar on May 26, 2017. The IFJ demands an immediate investigation into the incident, and action against those responsible. Last Friday, May 26, Maw Oo Myar, a reporter for the Kantarawaddy Times and broadcaster with the Democratic Voice of Burma was abducted near the town of Loikaw, in Myanmar’s southeastern Kayah State. Myar was on a motorbike with a fellow journalist, when she was pulled off the bike by two men. They verbally assaulted her, before forcing her into a waiting vehicle. Soon after the assailants fled in the vehicle, it was involved in a car accident, which critically injured Myar and she lost consciousness. According to reports, Myar was taken to the Demawso General Hospital in a critical condition at 5.30pm.  She was later transferred to the Loikaw General Hospital that same night, where she remains under security detail while receiving treatment. The IFJ said: “We condemn this brutal attack and kidnapping of Maw Oo Myar. The situation for journalists in Myanmar outside the larger urban areas is a growing concern for the IFJ, and immediate action needs to be taken to rectify the situation and guarantee the safety and security of the media.” 

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