Myanmar editor jailed for 2 years over virus error | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, May 23, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:05 AM, May 23, 2020

Myanmar editor jailed for 2 years over virus error

A Myanmar news editor has been jailed for two years after his agency reported a coronavirus death that turned out to be false, his lawyer said yesterday. The country has only 199 confirmed cases of coronavirus and seen six deaths, although the low numbers tested mean experts fear the true figures are far higher. Chief editor Zaw Ye Htet was arrested April 13, the same day his online news agency Dae Pyaw published an erroneous article alleging there had been a death due to the COVID-19 in eastern Karen state. On May 20 he faced trial, an unusually swift process in a country where suspects often languish for months behind bars before being convicted. Myanmar is drafting new legislation on the control of communicable diseases that would make it even easier to criminalise reporters deemed to be causing public panic.

 

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