BANGKOK (The Committee to Protect Journalists/Pacific Media Watch):The Committee to Protect Journalists' (CPJ) senior Southeast Asia representative, Shawn Crispin, said that if the Myanmar government truly has nothing to hide, media should be allowed to report freely in the Rakhine state.
Crispin's statement comes after numerous accounts of journalists being obstructed and harassed by military officers, when they have attempted to report on human rights abuses committed by the military, in the country's northern Rakhine state.
Allegations against the military have included the burning of village houses and sexual violence.
“The best way to prove or disprove allegations of human rights abuses is to allow independent media to probe the accusations,” Crispin said in a CPJ report.
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