YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar says it has arrested four reporters and the head of a private weekly journal for disclosing what it says are "state secrets" following publication of a story about the construction of a defense factory.
Unity journal quoted villagers as saying the factory in Pauk, a township in central Myanmar, was for production of chemical weapons — a claim the government decried as "totally baseless."
According to roadside vendors, police took all Jan. 25 editions of the journal off the shelves.
State-run television reported the arrests Wednesday night, saying the detained had violated the 1923 State Secrets Act by entering a prohibited area and disclosing state secrets.
Deputy information minister Ye Htut has acknowledged in local media that it was a Defense Ministry factory, but denied links to chemical weapons.