Burma: Journalist attacked in Kayah State

Kantarawaddy Times is a BNI member.


Maw Oo Myar | Photo by the Kantarawaddy Times


Maw Oo Myar – 23, female journalist from Kantarawaddy Times (KT) – was threatened verbally, attacked physically, and attempted to be taken by men at 7:30 p.m. on 26 May 2017 (Friday). The motive behind the attack is unclear.

She cover issues on the parliament, politics, economics, and health for the bimonthly news journal. She also produces the Karenni Language segment for the Weekly Ethnic Program of the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB).

Maw Oo Myar was traveling with another female journalist Maw Me Myar on a motorcycle from Loikaw to Demawso in Kayah State. When they arrived in Dawpose village, a car blocked their motorcycle and diverted them to the roadside. Her attackers were identified as Ko Kaung San, who threatened and dragged Maw Oo Myar into the car, and U Sein Win, who was the driver.

They had a vehicular accident, which put Maw Oo Myar in temporary comatose. She has gained consciousness since then, but is still in trauma and requires breathing support. The Myanmar Women Journalist Society (MWJS) sent a team to Loikaw to assist her.

The police are looking into which legal action can be taken against Ko Kaung San and U Sein Win.

These kinds of attack show the continuing vulnerability of journalists, especially women, outside the big urban centers in Burma (Myanmar).

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