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  • Rangoon, Burma | 3 December 2003 . . . Reporters sans frontières (Reporters without borders) protests the death sentence leveled on Click for more information on Reporters sans frontières28 November against Zaw Thet Htwe, the editor of Rangoon football magazine First Eleven. Eight others were sentenced to death during the court martial, all for allegedly conspiring to murder members of the Burmese military regime. "We challenge you to provide the evidence of this journalist's implication in a coup attempt," Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association wrote in a letter to Burmese prime minister Khin Nyunt. Burma watchers speculate that Zaw Thet Htwe's arrest in July was linked to the magazine's probe of alleged irregularities in the Burma Football Association's use of international funds. Zaw Thet Htwe had been imprisoned previously for his involvement in Burma's Democratic Party for a New Society. (For more background on Burma, Julie Chao of Cox News Service writes recently from Rangoon.)
  • London | 6 October 2003 . . . The Burma Campaign UK urges football fans to boycott the sportswear firm Kappa, which supplies Tottenham Hotspur, Wales and Italy with kit. The advocacy group claims that many of the products sold in Britain are made in Burma. "The money that is being made by Burma is being used to pay for rape, torture and the suppression of human rights," says Mark Farmaner, the group's campaigns officer. (On 10 October, Burma Campaign reports that Kappa has stopped sourcing clothes from Burma.) | back to top