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Media Rights Groups Condemn Prison Terms for Burmese Journalists


Two media rights groups have condemned a Burmese appeals court decision to uphold the three-year prison sentences of two journalists for filming and photographing the country's new capital, Pyinmana.

Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association issued a statement Tuesday calling for the immediate release of the journalists, Thaung Sein and Ko Moe Htun.

The statement says a Burmese appellate court in the Mandalay region issued its ruling last week without hearing any witnesses.

The two journalists were sentenced in March after they were found guilty of violating a Burmese law prohibiting photographing or filming Pyinmana.

Paris-Based Reporters Without Borders has said the long sentences the two men received reflect the paranoia of Burma's military government.

The Burmese government has not commented.

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