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DVB journalist arrested in Myanmar for reporting junta atrocities

SAGAING, Myanmar – The military detained a reporter for the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) in Wetlet Township, Sagaing Region, over the weekend, according to the Myanmar-based media source.

Family and friends of the 44-year-old journalist, Aung San Lin, said they had not heard a word about his status or whereabouts after the arrest.

At midnight on December 11, a group of 20 soldiers in two cars arrived at Aung San Lin’s home in Pin Zin village and reportedly took him into junta custody.

According to a report by the news organization on Monday, Lin had been reporting locally on Wetlet for DVB for more than four years.

According to DVB, the troops beat Aung San Lin and searched his phone before the arrest.

He may have been targeted because of his recent updates on the operations of the pro-military Pyu Saw Htee network, the news agency speculated.

On December 10, Aung San had reported that members of the Wetlet gang allegedly set fire to three homes in Kyaukkone village.

According to local and international sources, the military council has jailed over 100 journalists in the ten months since the coup.

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