To his admirers in Myanmar, Moe Yan Naing is known as the “Whistle-Blower Cop”. He was still a police captain when, in April 2018, he revealed to a courtroom full of reporters and diplomats that his boss and colleagues conspired to entrap two Reuters journalists in an effort to block their reporting about a military massacre of 10 Rohingya men in the village of Inn Din.

He was ejected from the force, and his wife and three children were evicted from their police-funded apartment. He was charged and later sentenced to a year in prison for violating police protocol, of which he served nine months.

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Cape Diamond

Cape Diamond is a journalist based in Myanmar.

Jacob Goldberg

Jacob Goldberg is a journalist based in Thailand. He is New Naratif's Editor-in-Chief. Reach him at jacob.goldberg@newnaratif.com.