On 7 April 2014, Zaw Pe was sentenced to one year in prison on 2012 charges of tresspassing and "disturbing a civil servant on duty" levelled after he attempted to conduct an interview at Magwe Education Department. The father of a student-applicant, Win Myint Hlaing, accompanied Zaw Pe and has receieved the same sentence.
Zaw Pe is being held in Thayet prison, Magwe. He has been denied visitation rights.
The charge of “disturbing a civil servant” is a cynical and sinister attempt by the government of Burma to intimidate those seeking to expose official corruption and misconduct. It is not the action of a regime looking towards true democratic reform.
Press freedoms are deteriorating in Burma, and it is time to fight for them again. You can join that fight through Amnesty International, using the TAKE ACTION link.