Myanmar journalists may find small consolation that their country is not a leading player on the 2014 list of Reporters Without Borders that tallies the deaths of journalists doing their job, although their country has lost one reporter who died in military custody this year.
The state-run Myanmar National Human Rights Commission has released its report into the death of journalist Ko Aung Kyaw Naing aka Ko Par Gyi saying the case should be heard by a civil court.
The results of the post-mortem examination on freelance journalist Ko Aung Kyaw Naing aka Ko Par Gyi’s body will be announced within a few days, U Sit Myaing, vice chairman of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission told Mizzima on November 16.
The International Press Institute has called on Myanmar to thoroughly investigate the recent death of a journalist at the hands of the military and to release five staffers from a weekly newspaper sentenced to seven years behind bars, according to press release from the NGO November 13.
Ko Aung Kyaw Naing’s death in military custody has triggered fears the government is sending a message that no journalist in the country is safe.