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Myanmar cracks down on media

Myanmar cracks down on media

Updated 14 July 2014, 11:20 AEST

Five journalists have each been sentenced to 10 years hard labour in Myanmar for revealing state secrets.

The journalists alleged a military facility in the country's north, partly funded by the Chinese government, is involved in producing chemical weapons.

Human rights activists and lawyers are demanding the journalists be released and accuse Myanmar's president Thein Sein of backtracking on recent media reforms.

Interviewer: Karon Snowdon

Speakers: Professor Monique Skidmore, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Queensland

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