DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:00 PM) – A court in Myanmar has sentenced two foreign journalists to a two month jail time for alleged violation of an aircraft law by using a drone without license.
Lau Hon Meng from Singapore and Mok Choy Lin from Malaysia were on assignment for news outlet Turkish Radio and Television (TRT) when they were arrested following the use of a video drone near the Myanmar parliament building.
Local journalist and interpreter Aung Naing Soe and driver Hla Tin, who were detained alongside the two, were also sentenced to two months for “collaboration with foreign journalists”. Their attorney has already protested the sentence, saying the two had no part in the ownership of operation of the drone.
Myanmar has been carrying out a deadly crackdown on the Rohingya minority in the state of Rakhine, near Bangladesh for months now. Official figures state that over 600,000 Rohingya civilians have fled to Bangladesh. The exodus shows no sign of slowing down, despite official Myanmarese statements that all violence has been ceased.
According to Ariful Islam of the Bangladeshi Border Guard, about 200 people arrived on Thursday morning on a stretch of coast at Teknaf, at the southern tip of the Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh.
The United Nation has described the government-sanctioned violence against the Rohingya as “textbook ethnic cleansing.”