记者因带无人机入缅甸而被关押控罪

编辑:给力英语新闻 更新:2017年11月17日 作者:美国之音苗昂坎(Htet Aung Khant)

Singaporean journalist Lau Hon Meng, center left, and Malaysian journalist Mok Choy Lin
Singaporean journalist Lau Hon Meng, center left, and Malaysian journalist Mok Choy Lin

三名记者和他们的司机因为把一架无人机带入缅甸而被控违反《进出口法》,有可能被判处最长达三年的监禁。他们带着无人机进入缅甸是为了给土耳其国营电视台TRT(土耳其广播电视公司)拍摄一部纪录片。

马来西亚的莫彩玲(译音,Moy Choy Lin)、新加坡的刘洪梦(译音,Lau Hon Meng)、当地记者柯安奈梭(Ko Aung Naing Soe)和司机吴拉吞(U Hla Tin)10月26日在缅甸首都内比都被捕。被捕前他们采访了一名议员,然后拿出无人机航拍议会大厦外景。

他们已经因为违法1934年的《飞行器法》而被当即判处两个月的监禁。

TRT说,记者获得了采访的所有必要许可,但是逮捕他们的警察说,他们在入关时没有申报无人机。

他们的律师要求取消有关违反《进出口法律》的罪名。律师说,由于他们在本案中已经被定罪,这等于是一罪二罚。下一次出庭日定为星期一。

莫彩玲在法庭对记者们说,他们仍然摸不清法律程序。

她说:“我们不知道正在发生什么。真的不明白他们的法律体制。我们不懂他们的语言,真的是什么都不向我们解释。被关押的头一个星期,我们甚至不被获准跟家人或律师见面。”

无国界记者组织敦促缅甸官员“放弃荒谬的诉讼”。

无国界记者亚太部主任丹尼尔·巴斯塔德说:“司法当局必须撤销这些无端的指控,这些指控明显是用来防止记者履行本职工作。这两名记者和他们的同事不应因为政治和外交因素而受害。”

缅甸因为缅甸军队在若开邦打压少数民族罗兴亚穆斯林而备受批评。罗兴亚人声称,缅军焚烧他们的村庄并强奸和杀人,造成大批民众越境逃入孟加拉国。

土耳其总统埃尔多安9月间使用了“种族灭绝”的字眼,造成两国关系紧张。

缅甸虽然开始走出军事独裁并迈向民主,但军队仍然势力强大。军方否认有任何践踏罗兴亚人权利的行为,并说罗兴亚极端分子袭杀军警,缅军是对此做出回应。

Journalists Charged for Bringing Drone into Myanmar

Three journalists and their driver could face up to three years in prison for allegedly violating Myanmar's import-export law by bringing a drone into the country as part of a documentary they were doing for Turkish state television TRT.

Mok Choy Lin of Malaysia, Lau Hon Meng from Singapore, local journalist Ko Aung Naing Soe, and driver U Hla Tin were arrested in the capital Naypyidaw on October 26 after interviewing a legislator and then bringing out the drone to get aerial footage of the parliament building.

They already have been sentenced to two months in jail on a summary conviction for breaking the country's 1934 Aircraft Law.

TRT says the journalists obtained all the required permits to do their story, but the arresting officer said they had not declared the drone when they entered the country.

In seeking to have the import charge dropped, their attorneys claim the four are being subjected to double jeopardy since they already had been convicted in the case. The next court date was set for Monday.

Speaking to journalists in the court, Mok Choy Lin said they were still in the dark about the legal process.

"We don't know what's going on. We don't really understand their legal system," she said. "We don't understand their language and nothing is really explained to us. For the first week of remand, we weren't even allowed to meet our family or lawyers."

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urged officials "to abandon the absurd proceedings."

"The judicial authorities must drop these spurious charges, which are clearly being used to prevent journalists from doing their work," said Daniel Bastard, head of RSF's Asia-Pacific desk. "These two journalists and their co-workers should not have to suffer because of political and diplomatic circumstances."

Myanmar has been criticized for the military's actions in Rakhine state against minority Rohingya Muslims, who have claimed soldiers carried out rape and murder while burning their villages, sparking a mass exodus across the border into Bangladesh.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used the term "genocide" in September, straining ties between the two countries.

Despite emerging from a military dictatorship and making moves toward democracy, the military remains a powerful force in the country. It has denied committing any abuses against the Rohingyas and says troops were responding to deadly attacks attributed to Rohingya extremists on security forces.

VOA Turkish service contributed to this report.