Myanmar: Journalist assaulted in Rakhine State

Kyaw Lin, a journalist who reported for online independent news outlets, Myanmar Now and Development Media Group was assaulted and threatened by two unknown perpetrators on May 13. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemn the incident and call on authorities to investigate the incident.

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In Kyaw’s hometown of Sittwe, Rakhine state, two people on a motorcycle approached him and fired a rock using a slingshot while shouting death threats at the journalist. After hitting Kyaw, the men drove off. Kyaw sustained minor injuries to his chest.

In the past, Kyaw Lin has reported on the conflict between the Rakhine Arakan army and Myanmar’s military. In 2017, an unknown attacked stabbed Kyaw in Sittwe after publishing an article on local land prices. Police are yet to arrest anyone for the 2017 attack.

The IFJ said: “The culture of impunity that allows attacks on journalists in Myanmar to go unpunished must end. The IFJ condemns the attack and urges authorities to investigate the incident immediately.”

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