DVB calls on Thailand to not deport its journalists to Myanmar

Three Myanmar journalists and two activists are set to look in a court docket in Thailand on Tuesday charged with “unlawful entry” because the reporters’ information organisation urged the authorities to not deport them to Myanmar as a result of their lives could be in danger.

The group was detained throughout a “random search” within the northern metropolis of Chiang Mai on Sunday, DVB stated in an announcement.

“DVB strongly urges the Thai authorities to not deport them again to Burma, as their life will likely be in critical hazard in the event that they have been to return,” stated Aye Chan Naing, DVB’s govt director and chief editor.

The generals who seized energy from Myanmar’s democratically elected authorities on February 1 have cracked down on the nation’s unbiased media, forcing organisations to cease broadcasts and publication, and arresting dozens of journalists.

DVB’s tv licence was revoked on March 8 and the broadcaster banned from doing any sort of media work.

Thapanapong Chairangsri, the top of police within the San Sai district exterior Chiang Mai, instructed Reuters information company that 5 Myanmar residents had been arrested for coming into the nation illegally and could be delivered to court docket on Tuesday.

He stated they’d be deported in accordance with the regulation, however added that due to the coronavirus outbreak they’d be held in detention for 14 days earlier than being handed to immigration authorities.

On Twitter, Tanee Sangrat, the spokesman for the Thai Foreign Ministry stated the authorities have been “coordinating to seek out humanitarian answer(s) to the latest case of journalists from Myanmar”.

DVB’s Aye Chan Naing, in the meantime, appealed to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Bangkok to intervene within the case and “assist guard their security”.

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