Blast strikes editor’s house in Rakhine capital

An independent news organization in Rakhine state, Myanmar reported a blast at the house of its editor at 11:20 p.m. on 10 March 2016. The blast left three-inch holes on the walls. No people were injured.

According to the statement of the Root Investigative Agency (RiA), they have yet to identify any suspects and the cause of the attack.

RiA has been reporting clashes between the government troops and the ethnic rebel Arakan Army.

Twenty days before the blast, RiA was at the receiving end of negative online posts. They were accused of receiving funding from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Threats against RiA chief editor and general manager Min Min and CEC Kyaw Soe Oo, 20 – 30 million kyats (USD 20,000 – 30,000) to kill them, went viral. A fake RiA account was also set up.

In the RiA statement: “in the time of all-round endeavor for multi-sector development, we, the media, are fulling our role, so we requested that any individual or organization don’t pose threat to us.”

The Rakhine Journalist Network (RJN) and Tachileik News Agency condemned the incident and said this is an attack not only to the press freedom in Myanmar but also to the country’s rule of law.


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