Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Court sets fifth hearing in Snap Shot ‘photo’ case

Tuesday, 31 July 2012 12:03 Thit Nyein

A fifth hearing has been set for August 3 in the government’s lawsuit against Snap Shot weekly journal editor-in-chief Myat Khaing, in a case involving the publication of a photograph of the woman who was raped and murdered in Rakhine State on May 28.

The suit was filed by the Pazundaung Township administrative chief representing the Rangoon Region government.

Editor Myat Khaing is charged for allegedly inciting racial hatred.

The case involves the May 28 murder of a Rakhine woman, which set off a series of incidents leading to widespread sectarian violence in Rakhine State. The photograph of the woman had been widely circulated on the Internet prior to the publication by Snap Shot.

In early June, the Press Scrutiny and Registration Division (PSRD) suspended publication of the Snap Shot journal.

Meanwhile, the Myanmar Journalist Association Organizing Committee has urged the Rangoon Region government to drop the lawsuit, contending that the PSRD has already taken action against the journal.

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