YANGON (AFP) – The wife of a reporter shot dead by Myanmar’s military criticised on Wednesday an official inquiry into his death, adding her voice to calls for an independent probe into the killing.
Freelance journalist Aung Naing, who was also known as Par Gyi, was shot repeatedly by troops in a volatile southeastern border region in October.
His case was raised by US President Barack Obama during a visit to Myanmar last month.
Myanmar’s National Human Rights Commission on Tuesday said the army’s acknowledgement that the journalist had been shot while in its custody was not “released in a timely and transparent” fashion.
It recommended the case be prosecuted in a civilian court – unusual for incidents involving the powerful military.
But Aung Naing’s wife Thandar rejected the report by the state-run body, which is dominated by former army figures, as insufficient.
“I hardly believed that the human rights commission could help because they have not been able to solve other cases involving the army,” she told AFP on Wednesday.
Aung Naing was a former member of the democracy movement and acted as a security guard for opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during mass protests in 1988.
His case has added to fears over the erosion of media freedoms won since the country began emerging from outright military rule in 2011.