World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Cyber-Dissident Award to Imprisoned Burmese

Press Release: Terry Evans

5 December 2008

Cyber-Dissident Award to Imprisoned Burmese

Imprisoned Burmese blogger Nay Phone Latt and popular comedian Zargarnar were yesterday named winners of the Cyber-Dissident Award by the Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

Both Zargarnar and Nay Phone Latt were given the award for their courageous activities in sending information from Burma during the September 2007 monk-led protests, and in the wake of the deadly Cyclone Nargis, the RSF said.

The junta, who have had a stranglehold on power since 1963, have sentenced Zargarnar to 59 years in prison, while Nay Phone Latt has been jailed for 20½ years.

"The award is given to draw international attention to their cases, and to highlight their innocence." said Vincent Brossel, RSF's Asia-Pacific spokesperson.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Covid-19: WHO Reports Largest Single Day Increase In Cases

The World Health Organization ( WHO ) reported the largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases over the course of Sunday, registering more than 183,000 new infections in 24 hours, bringing the total to some 8.8 million cases worldwide, with more than ... More>>

China: National Security Law Must Not Become A Weapon Of Fear

Responding to today’s passing of a national security law for Hong Kong by the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress, the head of Amnesty International’s China Team, Joshua Rosenzweig, said: 'The passing of the national ... More>>

Asia: UN Rights Office Expresses Alarm At Hong Kong Arrests Under New Security Law

Unsplash/Man Chung | The skyline of Hong Kong harbour The UN human rights office, OHCHR , has expressed alarm at the arrest of demonstrators in Hong Kong, following China’s adoption of a national security law for the Special Administrative Region ... More>>

Israel/OPT: Annexation Plan Promotes ‘Law Of The Jungle’ And Must Be Stopped

The Israeli authorities must immediately abandon plans to further 'annex' territory in the occupied West Bank which breach international laws and exacerbate decades of systematic human rights violations against Palestinians there, Amnesty ... More>>