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Burmese Pro-Democracy Activist Files Defamation Suit Against Media


A Burmese pro-democracy activist has filed a defamation suit against more than 120 publishers and editors of local private publications for printing articles attacking her character.

Naw Ohn Hla told VOA's Burmese service Sunday, some of the publications portrayed her as a prostitute and this is why she has decided to sue them.

The former member of the National League for Democracy said the articles show that the country's media have no dignity. She also noted that journalists have a responsibility to check the information before it gets published.

Naw Ohn Hla is one of about a dozen women who gather every Tuesday at Yangon's famous Shwedagon pagoda to pray for the release of political prisoners in Burma, including pro-democracy leader Aung Suu Kyi.

Information for this report is provded by AP.

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