Australian publisher arrested in Burma

ABC, 12 Feb 2011,

The Australian publisher of the Phnom Penh Post and Myanmar Times newspapers has been arrested in Rangoon and could face five years in prison if convicted of immigration offences.

Ross Dunkley, the founder of Rangoon’s Myanmar Times and a key stakeholder in the Phnom Penh Post, was arrested after he returned home to Rangoon from Thailand on Friday.

Authorities in Rangoon say he was arrested for overstaying his visa and marijuana possession.

He is being held in the Insein prison in Rangoon.

He has apparently been involved in a battle for control of the Times with its co-owner, who is aligned with the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party.

Press freedom in Burma is notoriously poor and journalists are commonly jailed.

Sources in Burma say Dunkley could be jailed for up to five years if convicted, or deported.

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