Myanmar: Filmmaker detained over alleged footage of anti-coup protests

9 September 2021
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In April 2021, the Myanmar military detained Burmese filmmaker Maung Thein Dan in Insein Township in Yangon. The artist was charged with “supporting anti-government protests” over the alleged sale of anti-coup protests’ footage, reported Chron.

The artist is currently awaiting trial in Insein prison in Yangon after being accused of selling footage documenting anti-coup protests to the Japanese journalist Kitazumi Yuki.

According to Reuters, Yuki was arrested on 19 April 2021 and charged under section 505A of the Penal code, which criminalises statements that could result in fear or spread false news. It is punishable with up to three years in jail. Yuki denies buying documentary content from Dan. 

On 1 February 2021, Myanmar military forces, also known as Tatmadaw, declared a state of emergency and seized power in Myanmar through a coup d’état. Freemuse documented more than 25 instances of violations against artists in the country since February 2021, condemned the violations of fundamental human rights in Myanmar and stands in solidarity with the country’s artistic community and cultural actors.


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