Statement marking anniversary of Htet Htet Khine sentencing

27th September 2023
Htet Htet Khine, a BBC Media Action freelance producer in Myanmar, was sentenced to six years of hard labour on 27 September 2022.
Htet Htet Khine filming her Tv show's intro at one of the IDP camp in Kachin (Source: BBC Media Action)

This press release was originally published on BBC Media Action

It has been one year since our freelance producer in Myanmar, Htet Htet Khine, was sentenced to six years of hard labour.

She is currently in Thayarwaddy Prison, a camp for political prisoners known for its difficult conditions.

Today our Chief Executive Officer, Simon Bishop, said:

“Journalism is not a crime. One year on from her sentencing, we remain very concerned for Htet Htet Khine’s safety and well-being in detention, and we call upon Myanmar authorities to release her and other journalists and media workers who have been detained unjustly.”

“BBC Media Action works to support the people of Myanmar with information about health and social inclusion. It is critical that our staff are permitted to continue their work without interference.”

Htet Htet Khine was previously the presenter of the Khan Sar Kyi [Feel It] television programme produced by BBC Media Action for audiences in Myanmar. Her charges were not believed related to her work with BBC Media Action.

BBC Media Action is an independent nongovernmental organisation, separate from BBC News. While we follow the BBC’s editorial standards, our operation is distinct from the BBC’s Burmese language news programmes.

BBC Media Action feelance producer in Myanmar, Htet Htet Khine (Source: BBC Media Action)

The Public Media Alliance joins BBC Media Action in calling for the release of Htet Htet Khine from her unjust imprisonment. Journalism is not a crime, and it is critical that journalists are able to work and hold power to account without fear of reprisals. 

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