Jailed BBC Myanmar reporter to appeal

In this March 10, 2015 file photo, student protesters run as police officers charge them during a crackdown in Letpadan, 140 kilometres (90 miles) north of Yangon, Myanmar. Image copyright AP

A BBC reporter jailed for three months with hard labour in Myanmar will appeal against his sentence.

Ko Nay Lin of the BBC Burmese service was convicted by a court in Mandalay of assaulting a policeman while covering student protests in 2015.

The lawyer for the reporter said his client unintentionally hurt the officer while trying to help a protester who had been knocked off a motorbike.

The BBC said it was working with his lawyer to support his appeal.

Ko Nay Lin’s arrest came in the town of Letpadan in March 2015.

The demonstrators were marching from Mandalay to Yangon, the main city in Myanmar (also known as Burma), in protest at a bill they said curbed academic freedom.

Riot police stopped the protests and dozens of activists were arrested and charged.

“Ko Nay Lin will appeal against this decision and the BBC will continue to work with his lawyer to support his appeal,” a BBC statement said.

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