Friday, February 11, 2011

Myanmar Times publisher arrested in Rangoon

 Friday, 11 February 2011 21:01 Mizzima News

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The Australian founder and co-owner of the Myanmar Times, Ross Dunkley, was arrested at his home in Rangoon on Friday.

Observers in Rangoon told Mizzima that recently Burmese military authorities have taken a strong dislike to Dunkley. The Irrawaddy magazine reported last month that Dunkley is presently embroiled in a power struggle with the Burmese co-owners of the newspaper.

Dunkley launched the Myanmar Times, an English-language weekly, in 2000 with the blessings of Military Intelligence Chief Khin Nyunt.

His co-founder, Sonny Shwe, is the son of a Khin Nyunt ally. Less than a year after Khin Nyunt’s purging from the military junta, Sonny Shwe was arrested and new Burmese co-owners took over his stake in the paper.

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