US journalist released from Myanmar prison ‘cared a lot about truth’: colleague

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Bangkok (AFP) – An American journalist dramatically released from a Myanmar prison and deported Monday on the eve of a sedition and terrorism trial is humble, positive and inspired by George Orwell’s writings against authoritarianism, his colleague told AFP. Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military ousted Aung San Suu Kyi’s government in February and launched a bloody crackdown that has killed more than 1,200 people, according to a local monitoring group, and also ensnared the media. The junta’s war on dissent has seen Myanmar overtake Saudi Arabia and North Korea in jailing journalists …

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