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Junta Jails Aussie Journo Over Drugs, Visa

Saturday, February 12, 2011
AUSTRALIAN newspaperman Ross Dunkley has been arrested in Burma and accused of having been in possession of marijuana and overstaying his visa, according to media reports.

Mr Dunkley, who co-founded the Myanmar Times in 2000, is well-known in the region and advocated working within the system as the best way of changing the outlook of the Burma junta.

He has visited Phuket and is said to have looked at buying into a publishing business here.

Exile news website the Irrawaddy has reported a "power struggle" at Myanmar Consolidated Media, the group that owns the Myanmar Times, which is published weekly in English and the country's official language, Burmese.

Dunkley, a regular visitor to Thailand, divides his time between Myanmar and Cambodia, where he is also stakeholder in The Phnom Penh Post.

According to the AFP newsagency, Dunkley, who controls 49 percent of MCM, was reportedly trying to rebut an attempted editorial takeover by Tin Tun Oo, who owns 51 percent.

The Irrawaddy said in January that its sources suggested Tin Tun Oo "may well be successful as the military junta can interfere in the issue at any time".

Mr Dunkley was arrested in Yangon on Thursday. He is believed to be being held in the notorious Insein Jail, which has on more than one occasion held democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi.

Mr Dunkley also launched Vietnam's first English-language weekly in the early 1990s.
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What does it take for the UN to step in and sort this dictatorship out. The organisation do not appear to have the power or respect they once held. Maybe it is time for a replacement organisation to take over, one with teeth, not just a bark.

Posted by Myanmar Mania on February 13, 2011 00:15


To the editor.

On reading this story it is easy to realise why you don't necessarily print every comment posted by readers, especially those critical of the ills of this country. As often said, Thailand is Burma with electricity.

Posted by innocent bystander on February 13, 2011 08:51


What does it take for the U.N to step in and sort this dictatorship out ?

That's easy.... the US and other major western nations companies to lose the commercial interests they have been given by the regime in the gas fields and gas pipelines in Burma..

Any intelligent despotic regime knows the wests eyesight and moral conscience goes when the carrot of commercial interests are dangled in front of them, especially when oil, gas or other important raw materials are involved...

As long as the regime continue to allow the major powers these commercial interests little or nothing will be done by the UN or anyone else to bring down this regime..

Posted by Steve on February 13, 2011 14:46


It will take more than the UN to change anything in BURMA. Look at THAILAND how long it has taken them to get this far..and it is sill ingrained with Corruption and Greed...

Posted by STAN on February 14, 2011 07:28


Re. Steve's comments:

The US, UK and other western nations have constantly pushed for greater sanctions against Burma/Myanmar.

It is China and Thailand which are main investors and prop up their economy.

Posted by Rob on February 14, 2011 10:59


Rob....The U.S, U.K and France all have companies with major contracts connected to the gas fields and pipelines in Burma as i'm sure other major nations companies do as you suggest.

They are all there by the grace of the current regime, who will have no doubt had there back scratched by governments connected to those companies to make sure those companies got and keep those contracts...

What those countries say in public about the regime should never be confused with the reality of what goes on behind closed doors...which currently is undoubtedly mutual back scratching.

When the regime stops scratching the U.S and it's allies backs it's days will be numbered, as the U.S under the guise of the UN will then make a REAL effort to topple the regime and replace it with one more compliant with the U.S and it's allies commercial interests..

Posted by Steve on February 15, 2011 12:55

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