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Thein Zaw, an Associated Press journalist who was arrested last month while covering a protest against the Myanmar coup, was released on Wednesday. Thein told the AP and his family of his release over the phone after their second court hearing since his arrest nearly a month ago.
Speaking as he was on his way to his home, he said that the judge in his case read a statement in court that said that all the charges against him were being dropped because he was doing his job by time of his arrest.
“I am looking forward to meeting members of my family,” he said while expressing concern for other journalists who remain in custody. “I feel sorry for some colleagues who are still in prison.”
Thein Zaw had been charged with violating a public order law that carries a penalty of up to three years in prison.
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Thein Zaw released from detention in Myanmar
He was one of nine media workers arrested during the February 27 street protest in Yangon, the country’s largest city, and had been detained without bail. Some 40 journalists have been arrested or charged since the February 1 coup. The Associated Press and many press freedom organizations have called for the release of Thein Zaw and the other detained members of the press.
“The Associated Press is deeply relieved that AP journalist Thein Zaw has been released from prison in Myanmar,” said Ian Phillips, AP vice president for international news. “Our relief is tempered by the fact that more journalists are being detained there. We urge Myanmar to release all journalists and allow them to report freely and safely on what is happening within the country. ”
Thein Zaw was arrested while photographing police, some of them armed, charging down the street against anti-coup protesters. A video shows that, although he stepped to the side of the street to get out of his way, several policemen rushed and surrounded him. One strangled him while they handcuffed him and then took him away.
He was held in the Insein Prison in Yangon, known for decades for having political prisoners, and which currently holds hundreds of people for protesting the coup that toppled the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.
Thein Zaw’s lawyer, Tin Zar Oo, was only able to see his client for the first time at a hearing on March 12 to renew his pretrial detention, and even then it was through a video link that she and one of the brothers of Thein Zaw observed at the Kamayut Township Court. His next hearing was scheduled for Wednesday.