Myanmar reporters who fled to Thailand find refuge

A Myanmar broadcaster critical of the country's military says five people, including three of its reporters, who were convicted in Thailand of illegal entry, have been granted asylum in a third country.

The Democratic Voice of Burma, or DVB, made the announcement on Monday.

The five people were arrested in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, on May 9. They were sentenced to seven months in prison with one year suspended.

DVB had been urging the Thai authorities not to deport them to Myanmar, as their lives would be in danger.

DVB Executive Director and Chief Editor Aye Chan Naing in a statement thanked the Thai people and the world for ensuring the safety of the five people. He stopped short of disclosing which country had taken them in.

Myanmar's military has stepped up pressure on the media since toppling the country's democratically elected government in a February coup. DVB's license was revoked along with several other media outlets in Myanmar.

A Southeast Asian journalist organization says 87 journalists have been detained, including those who were later released.