World news – Burmese police arrest a Japanese journalist reporting on the coup protest: report

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According to a report, a Japanese journalist was arrested by the police in Burma during the first foreign press arrest since the country’s military coup on February 1.

Yuki Kitazumi was arrested on Friday morning in Yangon, the country’s largest city, arrested, said colleague Linn Nyan Htun in a Facebook post.

Kitazumi had reported on an anti-coup protest, reported Kyodo News in Japan. He runs a production company in the city and used to work for the Japanese daily Nikkei, reported Reuters. « According to witnesses, he was hit on the head but was wearing a helmet, which did not cause him much harm, » Linn Nyan wrote Htun in the mail. « I’ve contacted the embassy and haven’t heard much more information. » He said he didn’t know why Kitazumi was arrested.

He told Reuters, « I didn’t see it, but I got a message from him on the Messenger app around 11:30 am that he was The protests have been going on for weeks since elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi was arrested along with most of her government when the military took control earlier this month took over.

In his latest Facebook post, titled « Peace, » Kitazumi described the military’s brutal tactics against demonstrators, many of whom he said are still on the streets.

The Australian academic Sean Turnell had also previously been arrested and, according to Reuters, was an advisor to Aung San Suu Kyi.

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