CM – Japanese journalist detained in Myanmar freed on his way home: The Asahi Shimbun


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Yuki Kitazumi (from his Facebook page)

BANGKOK – Japanese journalist Yuki Kitazumi was released from prison in Myanmar and arrived at an airport in Yangon on the morning of May 14th.

The Myanmar authorities, who reported a military coup on February 1st Seized power had arrested 45-year-old Kitazumi for spreading false news.

The Japanese embassy in Yangon was working to assist Kitazumi on his return to Japan, where he is expected to arrive on May 14th.

The former Nikkei Shimbun reporter reported on street protests as a freelance journalist immediately after the coup.

On April 18, he was arrested at his home in Yangon and then detained in Insein Prison on the outskirts of the city.

Myanmar’s ruling junta accused him of spreading false news after filing reports deemed harmful to the country’s military.

Myan mars state newspaper reported on May 14th that Kitazumi was supporting a civil disobedience movement in which citizens stop working and protest against the military in violation of the law.

The military dropped charges against him, said the newspaper out of consideration for « the friendly relationship between Myanmar and Japan now and in the future ».

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