These 32-year-old Zaws were detained in the country’s largest city of Yangon on 27 February, while covering protests against a legion that seized power in the coup on 1 February, A.P. told.
Din Zaw’s pretrial detention was extended to a court hearing on Friday, which he attended via videoconferencing. He will appear in court on March 24.
In a statement sent to CNN, the AP vice president for international news, Ian Phillips, said “AP calls for the immediate release of journalist Thin Zaw, who has been charged with a crime in Myanmar.”
“Independent journalists should be allowed to report the news freely and safely without fear of reprisal. The AP condemns the accusations against Thein Zaw and its arbitrary condemnation.”
According to a statement by the German Press Agency (DPA), separate Polish media Robert Bogaga, who has freelanced for several Western media organizations, was detained by soldiers in the Shan State capital Tunggyi on Thursday.
“This is an unbearable, unacceptable attack on the freedom of reporting – and even in this brutal form, unfortunately, is not an isolated case,” said DPA editor-in-chief Sven Gossman.
According to The Diplomat, Bigaga was allegedly beaten up by authorities, with Bogaga being a regular contributor.
The publication said on Twitter, “We are particularly troubled by reports that he was previously beaten and wounded before being detained. This cruelty cannot be justified or accepted.”
“We call for his immediate release, along with other journalists detained in Myanmar in recent weeks.”
The German embassy in Yangon – which represents the consular interests of Polish citizens in Myanmar – said it had formally requested information about the exact whereabouts of Bociaga. The embassy also sought immediate consular access to them and written information about their detention and the reason for the allegations, in a statement posted on their Facebook page.
“The embassy is expecting … a swift reply and fair and humane treatment of the detained person,” the statement said.
The US embassy in Burma, which uses the country’s former name, on Friday sent an embassy officer to court to attend the hearing of five reporters, “detained while doing their jobs”, the embassy said, However it did not specify their names.
The embassy said, “The silting of the press did not prevent the world or the people of Myanmar from recognizing the abusive antics of the junta.”
Myanmar has been thrown into turmoil since the military seized power, detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and created a new junta to run the country.
CNN’s Helen Regan, Chandler Thornton, Carly Walsh and Eric Cheung contributed to this report.