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Burma's Military Government Frees Journalist


Journalists in Burma say police have freed a magazine reporter who was detained for allegedly having ties to a news Web site run by Burmese exiles.

Journalists say Saw Myint Than was released Monday after prosecutors withdrew their case against him.

Saw Myint Than is the chief correspondent at the privately-owned "Flower News" magazine.

He was arrested and charged in September with violating Burma's Electronics Law, which regulates all forms of electronic communication.

Police detained Saw Myint Than after details about two murders he was investigating appeared in the "Irrawaddy," an online magazine produced by Burmese exiles in Thailand.

The Paris-based press freedom group Reporters Without Borders Wednesday welcomed the journalist's release, but noted Burmese journalists continue to be harassed and arrested for their work.

All print and Internet-based news agencies in Burma are controlled by the military government, and private magazines are strictly censored.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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