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Myanmar Crisis

Japanese journalist covering Myanmar protests temporarily detained

Freelancer Yuki Kitazumi released after spending several hours in police station

Anti-coup protesters rally in Yangon on Feb. 26. (Photo by Yan Naing Aung)

BANGKOK -- A Japanese freelance journalist covering Myanmar's anti-coup protests was detained by police for several hours in Yangon on Friday.

Yuki Kitazumi was taken into custody while reporting on street demonstrations in the country's largest city. Although he was released the same day, this marks the first known detention of a foreign reporter since the military seized power on Feb. 1.

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