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Three Journalists Reported to Be Among Burmese Prisoners Released - 2005-01-04


Press freedom group Reporters Without Borders says three journalists were among more than five thousand prisoners released from Burmese prisons on Monday.

In a statement, the group said sports editor Zaw Thet Htwe and opposition journalists Thein Tan and Aung Myint were released for good behavior in prison.

Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association, an organization of exiled Burmese reporters, are calling for the release of nine other journalists still behind bars.

Burmese government officials say they released 5,588 prisoners Monday as a humanitarian gesture, to mark the 57th anniversary of the country's independence from Britain on Tuesday.

Burma has released nearly 20,000 prisoners since early November. The government said those released earlier were arrested without sufficient cause by the country's now-defunct National Intelligence Bureau.

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