12 Feb '11, 1pm

Watchdog slams #Myanmar after reporter jailed Feb12 #Burma: 13 independant journalists now detained.

NAYPYIDAW - A MEDIA watchdog called on Myanmar on Saturday to end a 'despicable' junta policy of jailing independent journalists after a video reporter was imprisoned for 13 years. Maung Maung Zeya, 58, was sentenced on the same day last week that Myanmar announced a new president, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said, amid fears that the military has kept a firm grip on the new political system. The prison term 'should dispel any illusions that Burma is on a new path', said CPJ Asia programme coordinator Bob Dietz, using the country's former name. 'The old junta's pretence that its elections would install a democratic government has been revealed for the sham that it really is.' Myanmar's November election was marred by the absence of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and claims of cheating and intimidation, while its new political system has been criticised as a...

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