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and journalist Bertil Lintner, based in
who had been invited to accompany a Swedish government delegation on a visit to
Burmese capital, Naypyidaw, writes Edward Loxton for The First Post.
correspondent for the Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet, was one of three
journalists invited by the Swedish government to join a delegation headed by
Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson.
traveled on Saturday from his base in Chiang Mai, northern
told him yesterday his name had been struck from its list by the Burmese
authorities, who gave no explanation.
former Southeast Asia correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review, has
written six books on
beginning with the critically-acclaimed
foot across northern
He has presided over conferences on
in Asia, Europe, the
and is regarded as one of the leading world authorities on the country.
his entry to
is regarded in journalistic and diplomatic circles as a further show of
defiance by the Burmese regime in the face of mounting international anger and
disgust at its policies, particularly during the current humanitarian crisis.
Wednesday, another leading Thailand-based author and journalist, Andrew
Marshall, a British citizen, was deported from
photographer. They were questioned by Burmese military security for several
hours before being put aboard a plane for
Earlier this month, a BBC correspondent was also refused entry to
of the journalists does little to encourage those who are waiting anxiously to
see whether the Burmese junta sticks to its promise – made to UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last Thursday – to allow access to foreign aid
workers. Donor nations agreed at the weekend to pledge £25m in aid to victims
of Cyclone Nargis, but many nations said their donations depended on the
Burmese letting aid workers into the
delta disaster area. The UN believes only a quarter of those people who need
aid – up to 2.5m people – have so far received anything.
The First Post, Lintner said: “This all goes to show the reality behind
the Burmese junta’s promises to become more open to the international
community. They’re just empty promises”.
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