Written Question: Detention of journalists in Myanmar, including Robert Bociaga

(Source: European Parliament)

Date submitted: 18 March 2021

Priority question for written answer P-001487/2021/rev.1
to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Rule 138
Anna Fotyga (ECR)

Subject: Detention of journalists in Myanmar, including Robert Bociaga

The military coup in Myanmar is taking a bloody toll. Every day we are learning of civilians being killed. I have discussed the crisis in the country with members of parliament (the Pyithu Hluttaw) who are in hiding. Journalists play a key role in informing the public about protests and repression by the authorities. The Tatmadaw (Myanmar’s armed forces) are therefore also taking oppressive action against the media, including foreign correspondents. One of them is Robert Bociaga, an independent Polish journalist working for CNN and DPA, among others. He was arrested in Taunggyi, in the east of the country. According to witnesses, he was beaten and injured. His fate remains unknown.

  1. Has the High Representative taken any action, including calling for the immediate release of EU citizens and media representatives, including Robert Bociaga.
  2. I would also ask whether EU diplomats are monitoring the situation of EU citizens in Myanmar?
  3. Have EU diplomats asked for immediate access to imprisoned EU citizens, including Robert Bociaga, and to be told what they have been charged with?
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