AP journalist Thein Zaw spends birthday in prison in Myanmar
Thein Zaw, an AP journalist arrested in Myanmar on Feb. 27 while covering demonstrations against a coup, is spending his 33rd birthday in prison.
Why it matters: He faces a charge that could send him to prison for three years; his next hearing will be March 24.
Context: Zaw was arrested as he was photographing police, some of them armed, charging down a street at anti-coup protesters, AP reports.
- A video shows that although he stepped to the side of the street to get out of their way, several police rushed over and surrounded him.
AP Asia-Pacific News Director Adam Schreck said: "His images and brave reporting for the global news agency — and the work of other detained journalists in Myanmar — helped illuminate what is happening in one of the world's hardest to cover countries."