Burmese and international media-rights groups have asked the country's highest court to reverse the conviction and death sentence handed down to a sports journalist accused of high treason.
Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association say Zaw Thet Htwe is one of nine people condemned to death in Burma for high treason.
The journalist, the chief editor of a popular independent sports magazine (First Eleven) -- was sentenced to death last November on charges of attempted to kill leaders of the military junta. Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Assoiciation say there was no evidence to suggest that Zaw Thet Htwe was guilty of any crime, and that any statements he may have made while in custory were a result of torture.
The two media groups are urging the Burmese Supreme Court judges hearing an appeal of the case to accept Zaw Thet Htwe's innocence and reverse his conviction.