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Journalists escape from police beatings at the protest site in Letpadan, Bago region on March 10, 2015. Photo: Thet Ko/Mizzima

Authorities in Myanmar urgently need to investigate the arrests and reported beatings by police officers of journalists covering recent protests and to punish all those responsible for the use of excessive force, the International Press Institute or IPI said March 16.

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Journalists from various news media protest for the elimination of repression of press freedom and media in Yangon on January 7, 2014. Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima
Journalists from various news media protest for the elimination of repression of press freedom and media in Yangon on January 7, 2014. Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima

The Myanmar Journalist Network has called on media organisations to boycott the activities of government officials in response to what they claim was the direct targeting and beating of journalists during the March 10 crackdown on student protesters in Letpadan.

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Photojournalist Ko Aung Nay Myo has been released after three days of questioning. Photo: Aung Nay Myo/Facebook

Monywa-based freelance photojournalist Ko Aung Nay Myo has been released after three days of questioning over allegedly offensive material posted on his Facebook page.

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 Information Minister U Ye Htut says due process has to be followed before the media can be in a position to criticise the ongoing detention of a photojournalist. Here U Ye Htut speaks during a press conference in Nay Pyi Taw on August 8, 2014. Photo: Hong Sar/Mizzima

Information Minister U Ye Htut has explained that the Monywa-based freelance photojournalist Ko Aung Nay Myo was charged under Section 5 (a) and (e) of the Emergency Provisions Act because citizens cannot be detained for more than 24 hours without charge.

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Photographer Ko Aung Nay Myo. Photo: Aung Nay Myo/Facebook

A freelance photojournalist has been arrested in Myanmar for uploading a satirical post on Facebook mocking the military, relatives said on February 28.

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Volunteers of Myanmar Red Cross organisation carry wounded volunteer U Moe Kyaw, 45, as the war vrefugees fleeing from Laukkai sit on the truck after vehicles of a rescue convoy were attacked by Kokang rebels near Kokang capital Laukkai, northern Shan State, Myanmar, February 17, 2015. Two volunteers from Myanmar Red Cross Society injured in rescue convoy attack. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

The Myanmar Journalist Network on February 18 issued a statement urging government troops, who are taking responsibility to provide security in the Kokang area, to protect media personnel who have been covering the fighting in the area.