Myanmar army drops criminal charges for 5 journalists

The Myanmar military has dropped criminal charges it had earlier made against five journalists, which has been widely criticized for suppressing freedom of expression.

The decision to drop the charges, including contact with banned organizations and Internet defamation, was published on Friday on the front page of the army chief’s office on Facebook, the ABC News reported.

The newspaper added that journalists were working for the Voice Daily, The Irrawaddy and the Voice of Democracy in Burma, two news services on the Internet.

For his part, the Myanmar Press Council confirmed that it had received an official letter from the military announcing the dropping of charges against the five journalists, expressing gratitude for the decision

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