3 Myanmar journalists in court over story gov’t calls false

A Myanmar journalist of the privately owned Eleven Media Group works in the company's newsroom in Yangon on October 12, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 17 October 2018
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3 Myanmar journalists in court over story gov’t calls false

  • An increasing number of journalists in Myanmar have been arrested and jailed for their work
  • The journalists for local Eleven Media Group were arrested Oct. 9

YANGON, Myanmar: Three detained journalists have appeared in a Myanmar court to face charges filed against them by the Yangon government, which alleges a story they published was false.
The journalists for local Eleven Media Group were arrested Oct. 9 after publishing a story alleging fund mismanagement by Yangon government officials.
A director in the Yangon government filed a complaint that alleged the Eleven Media journalists violated a Myanmar law banning publication of “incorrect information” that could cause “fear or alarm to the public.” Punishment under the law can include two years’ imprisonment, a fine, or both.
The next court appearance is expected to be Oct. 26.
An increasing number of journalists in Myanmar have been arrested and jailed for their work.


Qatari network Al Jazeera slammed over ‘Holocaust denial’ film

Updated 19 May 2019
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Qatari network Al Jazeera slammed over ‘Holocaust denial’ film

  • Video on AJ+ Arabic channel claimed Israel was the genocide’s ‘greatest beneficiary’
  • Network suspends two journalists over ‘violation of editorial guidelines’

LONDON: Al Jazeera’s youth channel AJ+ Arabic has drawn widespread condemnation over a video that was branded “Holocaust denial” for claiming the Jews exaggerated the scale of the genocide to help establish Israel.
After widespread public anger, the Qatar-owned network was forced to delete the video, suspending two of its journalists over its broadcast.
The video in question, while not disputing the Holocaust took place, suggested the Jews had skewed facts about the genocide, and that Israel was the “biggest winner” from it.

“Denouncing the Holocaust is a moral obligation, but Israel is the biggest winner from the Holocaust,” the presenter said.
“And it uses the same Nazi justifications as a launching pad for the racial cleansing and annihilation of the Palestinians.”
Many took to Twitter in outrage about the video, with one commentator pointing out the difference between AJ+ in Arabic, and its English output.
Al Jazeera has long been accused of broadcasting extreme material in Arabic, but churning out seemingly more balanced material in English, aimed at a Western audience.

In a statement on Sunday, the network said it had suspended two journalists over “violation of its editorial guidelines.”
“The video content and accompanying posts were swiftly deleted by AJ+ senior management from all AJ+ pages and accounts on social media, as it contravened the Network’s editorial standards,” it said.
The network has also said a “mandatory bias training and awareness program” was required for its staff.