Rangoon (Mizzima) – A senior official of Burma’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party has filed a suit against the Pyimyanmar and Messenger journals for allegedly saying that he was guilty of a criminal act prior to the court’s passing a verdict.
NLD party election campaign manager Nyan Win lodged the complaint, which involved passing along information about the alleged waxing of paper ballots in the April bi-election.
The two weekly journals, in reporting that the Union Election Commission (UEC) filed a case against Nyan Win for providing false information, said he was guilty of a criminal act, said Nyan Win.
“While a case is pending at the court, no one can say who committed this or that crime and who did what in the case. Such violations amount to contempt of court. No one can judge a case and no one can say who is guilty and who committed wrongdoings,” he told Mizzima.
The Pyimyanmar journal editor-in-charge Zin Hein said that the publication did not regard its reporting as a violation of the law.
“In our reporting, we just said Nyan Win was facing trial, and he would receive punishment if found guilty. And we added our comment with a positive view and wrote on the positive side,” he said.
Messenger journal editor-in-charge Thura Aung told Mizzima that they did not understand why his publication was named in the suit.
He said he did not know which article the paper was being sued for and that it had not received a summons from the court.
NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi filed a successful case against the Monitor journal on Aug. 8, 2011. The suit involved an inheritance case between her and Aung San Oo, her elder brother, which was pending in court. The court ordered the journal to a pay fine, said Nyan Win.