04, September 2018

FCC condemns sentencing of two Reuters journalists in Myanmar

NEW DELHI, September 4: The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of South Asia (FCC), New Delhi, is deeply disappointed by the grave injustice done to Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, the two award-winning Reuters journalists who were sentenced to seven years in prison by the Myanmar Government on Monday.

We strongly condemn their being locked up in jail on cooked-up charges for revealing the truth to the world about the plight of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

It seems nothing has really changed in military-controlled Myanmar despite Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi being the State Counsellor or Prime Minister. Freedom of the press is essential for democracy’s survival, and journalists must not be punished for telling the truth.

The FCC seeks Aung San Suu Kyi’s prompt intervention, demands the journalists’ immediate release, and calls for an impartial review of the case on appeal.

S Venkat Narayan
President

New Delhi.
04 September 2018



August 08, 2018

#FreeShahidulAlam The Foreign Correspondents' Club of South Asia (FCC), New Delhi, condemns his arrest and ill-treatment by the police, and demands his immediate release.




June 15, 2018

FCC CONDEMNS SHUJAT BUKHARI'S KILLING


The Foreign Correspondents' Club of South Asia (FCC), New Delhi, condemns the brutal and senseless killing of senior Kashmiri journalist Shujat Bukhari in Srinagar on 14/6/18.

We demand an immediate probe into this dastardly crime, and appeal to the authorities to find the guilty and punish them.

S Venkat Narayan
President, FCC.
15/6/2018.




April 30, 2018

FCC condemns killing of nine journalists in double suicide bombing in Kabul

NEW DELHI, April 30: The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of South Asiastrongly condemns today’s double suicide bombing attack in Kabul (Afghanistan), in which at least 25 people were killed, including at least nine journalists.

The journalists were reportedly killed in a second blast after rushing to the scene of the first attack. The incident appears to be the worst such incident in Afghanistan since 2001.

Among the dead was Agence France-Press Chief Photographer Shah Marai.

Some reports suggest that the second suicide bomber disguised himself as a journalist and rushed in with other photographers, and triggered the explosives.

This is a cowardly attack on Afghanistan’s courageous journalists, and we strongly condemn it. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims.

This is not the first time that journalists have been targeted. On January 20, 2016, a similar suicide bombing in Kabul had killed seven employees of the Afghan Tolo TV station.

We are particularly concerned that journalists and first responders to the first suicide bombing were deliberately targeted, and the second suicide bomber had disguised himself as a journalist.

We urge the Afghan authorities to thoroughly investigate this incident.

S Venkat Narayan

President, FCC



Foreign Press Clubs Call for Immediate Release of Reuters Journalists in Myanmar


Three months ago, Myanmar police invited two Reuters reporters to a restaurant in northern Yangon. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo had been investigating the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men who were buried in a mass after being hacked to death or shot by ethnic Rakhine Buddhist villagers and soldiers.

At the dinner, police handed the pair some documents. They were arrested almost immediately afterward and later charged under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.

On the 100th day since the arrest of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, Foreign Correspondents' Clubs throughout Asia are again calling for their immediate release. The two journalists were engaged in normal reporting activities, and had not committed any wrongdoing. All charges against them should be dropped.

Their trial is now underway, with a verdict possible in the coming weeks. The outcome will have repercussions for Myanmar and the entire region, where press freedom is increasingly under attack.

We call on Aung San Suu Kyi and her civilian government to act to defend press freedom as the country undertakes its transition to democracy. It is vital that Myanmar respects the beneficial role of a free and independent media and ensures that journalists are able to work without threat of retaliation.

We also call on all those who believe in press freedom to keep up the pressure on authorities who want to silence journalists, in Myanmar and elsewhere around the globe. One easy place to start is by signing a petition for their release: goo.gl/1kPTwX

“We are not doing anything wrong,'' Kyaw Soe Oo told reporters after the pair were formally charged. “Please help us by uncovering the truth.”

#FreeWaLoneKyawSoeOo

Foreign Correspondents Association Singapore
Foreign Correspondents' Club of China
National Press Club of Australia
SOPA Editorial Committee
The Foreign Correspondents' Club, Hong Kong
The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan
The Foreign Correspondents' Club of South Asia, New Delhi

21/03/2018