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Associated Press journalist detained by police in Myanmar

Added 03-01-21 06:11:02am EST - “An Associated Press journalist has been detained by police while covering protests against the military coup in Myanmar. The journalist, Thein Zaw, 32, was taken into custody with a number of others on Saturday morning in Yangon,…” - News.yahoo.com

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BANGKOK (AP) — An Associated Press journalist has been detained by police while covering protests against the military coup in Myanmar.

The journalist, Thein Zaw, 32, was taken into custody with a number of others on Saturday morning in Yangon, the country’s largest city.

The arrest happened as police charged toward protesters gathered at the Hledan Center intersection, which has become a meeting point for demonstrators who then continue protesting elsewhere in the city.

“The Associated Press calls for the immediate release of AP journalist Thein Zaw, who was detained in Myanmar while doing his job,” said Ian Phillips, AP vice president for international news. “Independent journalists must be allowed to freely and safely report the news without fear of retribution. AP decries in the strongest terms the arbitrary detention of Thein Zaw.”

“The FCCM calls for immediate and unconditional release of Thein Zaw and other detained journalists, and urges all relevant authorities to ensure the safety and security of the journalists who are performing their professional duties covering the ongoing protests in the country,” it said.

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