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Press Freedom Groups Demand Release of Detained Burmese Journalist - 2004-11-24


Press freedom groups have called on Burma's military government to release a prominent journalist as part of a promised program to release nearly 4,000 prisoners.

Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association say writer and opposition figure Win Tin remains in prison, along with 12 other journalists. They say all 13 should benefit from the junta's decision to release prisoners detained unfairly.

Last week, Burma's military rulers began releasing prisoners they said were wrongly detained by the recently disbanded National Intelligence Bureau.

Sources in Rangoon told VOA Monday that only a few hundred prisoners, including key opposition figure Min Ko Naing, have been released.

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her top deputy, Tin Oo, remain under house arrest.

Information for this report is provided by AFP.

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