Burma - Blogger has been held in interior ministry for past week


    MONTREAL, Feb. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - After learning that blogger and Internet
café owner Nay Phone Latt is being held in the interior ministry, Reporters
Without Borders today called on the authorities to say what charges have been
brought against him. Nay Phone Latt was arrested on 29 January together with
several members of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD).
    "The military regime shows no mercy to bloggers because they are a vital
source of information about conditions inside Burma," the press freedom
organisation said. "Last autumn's Internet blackout already showed us to what
degree the Internet is a political tool that must be preserved at all cost."
    Three NLD members who were freed after being questioned for four days -
Thi Han, Nyi Nyi Min and Htein Win - told the national media on 4 February
that they saw Nay Phone Latt in the interior ministry but were unable to talk
to him. They know nothing at all about the conditions in which he is being
held. His family fears he may have been tortured or mistreated.

For further information:

For further information: Katherine Borlongan, secretary general,
Reporters Without Borders, (514) 521-4111, Cell: (514) 258-4208, Fax: (514)
521-7771, rsfcanada@rsf.org

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