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Hundreds Attend Funeral for Slain Journalist in Myanmar

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Myanmar's government says it's investigating the journalist's death for possible human rights violations.


The family, friends and supporters of prominent Myanmar journalist Par Gyi gathered for his funeral Friday, while questions still circulate around the prominent freelancer's controversial death in October.


Earlier this week Gyi's body was exhumed by Myanmar authorities, who say they are investigating his death for possible human rights violations. Gyi was gunned down by troops in early October.


The army says soldiers opened fire after the journalist tried to flee custody, but witnesses to the autopsy say they saw evidence of torture. Human rights groups say the shooting is a sign Myanmar's government is backtracking on democratic reforms.


Gyi himself once worked as a bodyguard for Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who sent flowers to the funeral.


On Wednesday Suu Kyi warned the government has brought democratic reforms to a halt.


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