Local journalist attacked in Sittwe

Location map of Rakhine State, Myanmar

A journalist was stabbed by unidentified assailants in the early hours of 20 December 2017 in Sittwe, capital of Rakhine State, according to news reports.

Kyaw Lin, also known as “Yaung Sone,” is the founder and editor in chief of the paper ROMA Time. He is also a contributor for the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) and other media outlets. He writes about the crisis in Rakhine and Burma’s peace process.

Kyaw Lin “remains in unstable condition in (the) hospital” in Sittwe, Rakhine State—where the incident happened.

Police have yet to investigate the incident and determine if the attack is related to Kyaw Lin’s work as a journalist.

The Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) is gravely concerned over the incident, as it indicates the poor state of safety of journalists and media in Rakhine State.

“We ask authorities to investigate the incident and find the perpetrators,” said SEAPA executive director Edgardo Legaspi.

“Threats and attacks against journalists cannot be tolerated. Their independence, safety and protection ensure public’s access to information, especially during times of conflict,” he added.

On 10 March 2016, a bomb exploded outside the house of Min Min, chief editor and general manager of the online Root Investigative Agency, a collective of local freelance journalists. The assailants and motive of this attack remain unknown.

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