Freed from a Myanmar Prison
Toru Kubota, Documentary maker

 14:00-15:00 Monday, November 28, 2022
Language: The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation.

Toru Kubota (26) is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared on the BBC, Al-Jazeera and other outlets. He was arrested on July 30th in Myanmar while filming a small demonstration against the government in the capital, Yangon. In October, a court sentenced him to three years in prison on charges of violating Myanmar's immigration law. That is in addition to separate convictions and sentencing for sedition and other charges. Kubota faced a total of 10 years in prison but in November he was released and deported back to Japan.

Kubota leaves behind a country that has imprisoned many more journalists, activists, students and scholars. Myanmar is now the world's second-worst jailer of journalists, after China, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The CPJ warned after Kubota's arrest that "Myanmar's military junta is sending a deliberate and threatening message to all foreign journalists that they too could be imprisoned under arbitrary laws if they report on its crimes and abuses."

Kubota has agreed to come to the FCCJ to discuss his experience, his return to freedom – and his lessons to all those following Myanmar's troubled return to military rule and repression.

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