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Burmese Court Sentences Photojournalist to 18 Years in Prison

Regardless of how bad photographers’ rights seem to be in your country, here’s a story that will definitely make you appreciate them at least a little bit more: a photojournalist named Sithu Zeya may spend 18 years of his life in prison after being arrested for photography. Zeya, who’s only 21 years old, was arrested in Burma last year after getting caught photographing the aftermath of a grenade attack that killed 10 people in the country’s largest city, Yangon. After being sentenced to 8 years in prison last year, a Yangon court decided to tack an extra 10 years onto his prison sentence yesterday for posting online material that could “damage tranquillity and unity in the government.”

Suddenly those stories you hear of photographers getting harassed by police don’t seem nearly as bad, eh?

(via AP via PDN Pulse)


 
 
  • Dominic Arkwright

    I don’t think this is an opportunity to consider rights abuses elsewhere as “not nearly as bad”. Rather it’s a question of rights abuses in Burma being some of the worst in the world generally. Using this is an example of how bad it *could* be takes us on a route towards accepting anything less severe as alright.

  • MadMolecule

    Well said, Dominic.  While this story does make it seem less bad to get hassled a bit by a cop, “less bad” is not the same as “acceptable.”

  • Anonymous

    wow you two made me think. I almost bite the bait.

  • Anonymous

    wow you two made me think. I almost bite the bait.

  • Anonymous

    wow you two made me think. I almost bite the bait.

  • Charles Mason

    the point is to be thankful for the rights that you DO enjoy. fighting for our rights is important, but with so many negative stories in the news its easy to take what we DO have for granted

  • http://facebook.com/swiftmed Andrew MacDonald

    Unreal! I feel for the guy. This is bang out of order. 

  • http://twitter.com/JPGodwin John Godwin

    If only Burma had oil, we’d go in and sort that crooked government right out!

  • 24KaratMilkCrate

    The state of Illinois is trying to give a citizen watchdog 25 years for video taping police. So actually were behind Burma when it comes protecting us and our rights on this one.

  • Johanbene

    This makes my stomach hurt. Good on petapixel for spreading the word!

  • Johanbene

    This makes my stomach hurt. Good on petapixel for spreading the word!

  • Ryan S

    This is obviously more severe, but doesn’t take away from the validity of the complaints made toward police infringing on photographers’ rights here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TheJoeBlount Joe Blount

    I am appalled by this news, and the word must get out! I created a Facebook group here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/161376363946926/ if anyone is interested in just trying to get more people to see his story!

  • Moacir Anapaz

    Am I right to assume you only sort out “crooked” Governments in countries with oil?

  • Anon

    There’s a reason the Burmese government could afford to build an entire government-only town. Hint: they didn’t use aid money.

  • http://twitter.com/richardford Richard Ford

    Was the map really needed on the right?  Burma is hardly Kiribati…..

  • Zen

    Hey that’s great! Japan lost millions of people in our attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, so “big waaah” about your dad passing away, pussy.

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