Photojournalist Covering Rohingya Crisis for GEO Detained by Bangladeshi Authorities

Posted by on Friday September 15, 2017 | Photojournalism

Photographer Minzayar Oo, who was reporting on the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh on assignment for GEO magazine, was detained with his assistant Hkun Lat on September 7, according to Oo’s agency, Panos Pictures. The two men have been accused of espionage. Police say the journalists entered the country on tourist visas rather than journalist visas, and are charging the pair with “false impersonation” and providing false information, according to a report by the Daily Mail. Panos reports that Oo and Lat have been denied bail, and the agency has called on authorities to release both men immediately.

“Minzayar Oo and Hkun Lat were assigned by GEO magazine because of their professionalism and their journalistic integrity,” Panos said in a statement. “Minzayar Oo is an internationally renowned, award-winning photojournalist, whose work is published widely and has been recognized by some of the world’s most important journalism awards.”

Oo was in the Bangladeshi town of Cox’s Bazaar reporting on Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar since August to escape fighting between Myanmar’s military and Rohingya rebels. Human Rights Watch has called the Myanmar military’s actions against Rohingya Muslim communities ethnic cleansing, while the United Nations estimates that 270,000 Rohingya have fled Western Myanmar.

Related: How Greg Constantine Keeps a Human Rights Story in the Public Eye, and the News Cycle


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