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Myanmar jails journal owner, publisher, 3 reporters for article alleged to alarm public

  • Myanmar journalists of a local weekly journal, Aung Thant, center right, and Min Wathan, center left, greet colleagues as they leave a township court Thursday, Oct 16, 2014, in Yangon, Myanmar. A Myanmar court has sentenced five people including three journalists to two years in prison - the latest in a  series of ruling that have raised concerns about press freedoms. The Pabaedan township court on Thursday charged three reporters and the journal's publisher and owner for causing public alarm. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

    Myanmar journalists of a local weekly journal, Aung Thant, center right, and Min Wathan, center left, greet colleagues as they leave a township court Thursday, Oct 16, 2014, in Yangon, Myanmar. A Myanmar court has sentenced five people including three journalists to two years in prison - the latest in a series of ruling that have raised concerns about press freedoms. The Pabaedan township court on Thursday charged three reporters and the journal's publisher and owner for causing public alarm. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Myanmar journalist of a local weekly journal, Aung Thant, center, leaves a township court after their trial Thursday, Oct 16, 2014, in Yangon, Myanmar. A Myanmar court has sentenced five people including three journalists to two years in prison - the latest in a  series of ruling that have raised concerns about press freedoms. The Pabaedan township court on Thursday charged three reporters and the journal's publisher and owner for causing public alarm. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

    A Myanmar journalist of a local weekly journal, Aung Thant, center, leaves a township court after their trial Thursday, Oct 16, 2014, in Yangon, Myanmar. A Myanmar court has sentenced five people including three journalists to two years in prison - the latest in a series of ruling that have raised concerns about press freedoms. The Pabaedan township court on Thursday charged three reporters and the journal's publisher and owner for causing public alarm. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Myanmar journalist of a local weekly journal, Aung Thant, center, arrives at a township court to face their trial Thursday, Oct 16, 2014, in Yangon, Myanmar. A Myanmar court has sentenced five people including three journalists to two years in prison - the latest in a  series of ruling that have raised concerns about press freedoms. The Pabaedan township court on Thursday charged three reporters and the journal's publisher and owner for causing public alarm. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

    A Myanmar journalist of a local weekly journal, Aung Thant, center, arrives at a township court to face their trial Thursday, Oct 16, 2014, in Yangon, Myanmar. A Myanmar court has sentenced five people including three journalists to two years in prison - the latest in a series of ruling that have raised concerns about press freedoms. The Pabaedan township court on Thursday charged three reporters and the journal's publisher and owner for causing public alarm. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)  (The Associated Press)

A Myanmar court has sentenced a media owner, publisher and three journalists to two years in prison in the latest ruling to raise concerns about press freedoms in the country emerging from military rule.

The July 7 article in the privately-run Bi Mon Te journal reported about an activist group that claimed opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and several close political allies had been elected the country's interim leaders.

The Pabaedan township court on Thursday convicted the three reporters and the journal's publisher and owner for causing public alarm.

Dramatic changes have come to Myanmar since its nominally civilian government came to power in 2011. But journalists are increasingly being arrested and imprisoned, some with sentences of up to 10 years of hard labor.