Court adjourns trial of 3 journalists detained for flying drone

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A Myanmar court on Thursday adjourned till next week the trial of three journalists on assignment for Turkey’s state broadcaster after it jailed them for violating an aircraft law by filming with a drone, according to their lawyer.

Two journalists working for English-language TRT World, Lau Meng from Singapore and Mok Lin from Malaysia, were detained in October when they attempted to fly a drone near Myanmar’s parliament.

Aung Soe, a local journalist and guide helping the foreign reporters, and driver Hla Tin, were also taken into custody.

They are also accused of violating the country’s Import and Export Law, which carries a penalty of up to three years in jail.

“The judge adjourned the case until Monday, when we hope all the charges will be thrown out when we argue the case,’’ Khin Zaw, a lawyer for three of the accused, said on Thursday.

A number of journalists have been arrested in Myanmar this year — often under draconian colonial-era laws — and rights groups have warned of a backsliding in press freedom under the administration of democracy hero Aung Kyi.