Australian ex-publisher gets 13 years on Myanmar drug charge

An Australian journalist who was a pioneering publisher in Southeast Asia has been sentenced to 13 years in a Myanmar prison for drug possession

YANGON, Myanmar -- An Australian journalist who was a pioneering publisher in Southeast Asia was sentenced Wednesday to 13 years in a Myanmar prison for drug possession.

Dunkley co-founded or acquired English-language publications in formerly socialist states that were seeking foreign investment as they liberalized their economies, but was sometimes criticized for doing business with authoritarian regimes. He was involved in startup projects in Vietnam in 1991 and Myanmar in 2000, and later acquired Cambodia's Phnom Penh Post. He is no longer linked with any of them.

In 2011, Dunkley served a one-month sentence for assaulting a Myanmar woman he met at a nightclub in Yangon.