Myanmar editor jailed for incorrect Covid-19 report

A news editor has been jailed for two years in Myanmar after wrongly reporting a coronavirus death.

Zaw Ye Htet, chief editor at Dae Pyaw news agency, published an article reporting a Covid-19 death in eastern Karen state, but it turned out to be false.

He was arrested, swiftly put on trial and handed two years behind bars, his lawyer Myint Thuzar Maw said.

"We'll appeal this unfair decision," Zaw Ye Htet's wife Phyu Phyu Win told the AFP news agency.

It comes amid increasing concern about press freedom in Myanmar.

Two Reuters journalists were sentenced to seven years in jail in 2018 for their reporting on the Rohingya refugee crisis. They were released in 2019 after more than 500 days in prison.

Myanmar has fewer than 200 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and has reported just six deaths, though the real number could be much higher.