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

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.