Bangladeshi authorities should immediately release two Myanmar journalists who police detained on September 7 and drop all charges against them, the Committee to Protect Journalists said.
Police arrested Minzayar Oo and Hkun Lat in Cox’s Bazar, a city in Bangladesh, while they were on assignment for the German magazine GEO, the publication’s deputy editor-in-chief, Juergen Schaefer, said the CPJ.
A court denied the journalists’ request for bail, Schaefer told CPJ. Journalists have been travelling to the city to report on the influx of Rohingya refugees coming from Myanmar, said a press release on Friday.
‘The Bangladeshi authorities should not criminalise covering a major world story,’ said CPJ deputy executive director Robert Mahoney. ‘Minzayar Oo and Hkun Lat should be released immediately and all charges against them dropped. Both local and international journalists reporting on the Rohingya story must be allowed to work freely.’
Zaw Htay, a spokesman for Myanmar’s Presidential Office, posted a tweet saying that the government is asking Bangladesh why the journalists are being held.
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