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Media Watch Groups Express Concern About Detained Burmese Journalist's Health - 2002-12-04


A media rights group says a detained Burmese journalist has been transferred from prison to a hospital due to heart problems.

Reporters Without Borders says U Win Tin was transferred to a Rangoon hospital late last month. The group says he has had two heart attacks in the last 13 years.

Win Tin, a pioneer member of the opposition National League for Democracy party, was sentenced by a military court to 14 years in prison in 1989 for allegedly being a member of the Burmese Communist Party. He was later sentenced to an additional five years in prison for illegally possessing writing materials in jail.

Win Tin received the World Association of Newspapers' prestigious Golden Pen of Freedom Award in 2001.

Information for this report is provided by AP and Reporters Without Borders.

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