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Use of drone: Myanmar arrests 2 journalists from Malaysia, Singapore

Use of drone: Myanmar arrests 2 journalists from Malaysia, Singapore”

The men will be held in custody until their first court hearing on charges that carry up to three years in jail or a fine for the import and export of "restricted or banned goods" without obtaining a license.

Myanmar police have charged two foreign journalists and two Burmese with breaking import laws after they flew a drone near the country's parliament, reported BBC.

The incident comes as tensions surge between Myanmar and Turkey, which has led criticism of the Southeast Asian nation for its treatment of the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority.

Last month the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said that violence against Rohingya Muslims amounted to genocide.

Turkish broadcaster TRT said on its website that the network "is in discussions with Myanmar authorities to secure their release".

Police officer San Aung said the drone was imported without permission.

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Myanmar has no specific law on drones, though travellers have reported facing problems trying to bring them into the country.

"We are still investigating and can't say more than that", said Shwe Thaung, an officer from the Naypyitaw police station. He said that the remand will be for up to 15 days but police expect to file charges within 10 days.

Local police arrested another person named Aung Naing Soe, who was working with Meng and Lin as an interpreter.

Myanmar authorities have arrested several journalists this year, stoking fears that press freedoms, which were slowly improving after the end of junta rule in 2011, may well again be in danger.

The two foreign journalists are detained at police station no. 1 in Naypyitaw, while the two Myanmar nationals have been transferred to a prison in the nearby town of Pyinmana.

The two journalists respectively from Singapore and Malaysia are under interrogation after the drones were seized from them, the Ministry of Home Affairs was quoted as saying.



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