The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Myanmar Journalists Association (MJA) is deploring the murder of a crime reporter on Tuesday December 13, in Monywa in the north-western Sagaing region of Myanmar. The IFJ and MJA demand an immediate and swift investigation into the murder.
On Tuesday morning, the bruised and battered body of Soe Moe Tun, a crime reporter with Daily Eleven, part of the Eleven Media Group, by the side of a road in Monywa. The injuries of Soe were indicative of murder, with injuries to his head and face. Police have opened an investigation into the murder.
Daw Khin Cho Latt, Soe’s wife, said that her husband was murdered for retribution and must have been related to his work. At the time of his death, Soe was working on a story about illegal logging in region.
In a statement, MJA said: “The MJA would like to call for justice in the case and speedy strong actions by the authorities against the culprits andwould also like to request the government to pay more attention for the safety of journalists working in Myanmar.”
“The role of media, as the Fourth Estate, is essential in the development of a democratic society and also vital in the fight against corruption. Under the newly-elected civilian government, the call for the safety of journalists is getting louder and clearer,” said MJA.
Anthony Bellanger, IFJ general secretary said: “We deplore the brutal murder of Ko Soe Moe Tun and demand immediate action from the local authorities to bring those responsible to justice. The killing of journalists works to only weaken Myanmar’s democracy and as such steps need to be taken by the government to guarantee the safety and security of the media.”
The IFJ and MJA express condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Soe Moe Tun.