Closure of Mizzima News Office at New Delhi

Burma Review strongly condemns the sealing of premises of Mizzima News office today by New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) on the pretext of running the news organization commercially in a residential area. Since its establishment, Mizzima News under the vibrant editorship of Mr. Soe Myint has worked fearlessly to bring other side of truth about Burma from Indian soil. If Delhi Administration had any problem related with the issues of defining commercial and residential nature of the news organization premises, then they should have first served legal notices before sealing the office. The sudden closure of Mizzima News office by Delhi Administration forbids Burma loving people in India to remain updated about military junta’s role in suppressing restoration of democracy in Burma. Mizzima News, a Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) partner news organization and interim member of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX), is few available independent news sources on Burma in India.

Burma Review and democracy loving people of India expresses its solidarity with Soe Myint and all of Mizzima Staffs in this hour of pain. And appeals to Delhi Administration to immediately reopen the office of Mizzima News and desist from taking any further action on the organization.

Burma Review hopes that Delhi Administration would soon allow Mizzima team to function independently to express their views on Burma. Probably Delhi Chief Minister and seasoned Indian National Congress party leader – Mrs. Sheila Dikshit would have not forgotten the official stand of Congress party on the issue of Burma’s struggle for restoration of democracy.

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