Court proceedings were interrupted by defendant Aung Ko Htwe shouting that he refused to accept “a cow judge” and that he does not recognise the judicial system.
Buddhist monks and nationalists assembled outside the US embassy in April to denounce the use of the term “Rohingya” in an embassy statement.
Report says Burma currently holds 163 political prisoners, adding that 442 non-detained activists are awaiting trial, 49 of whom were charged in May.
Six detainees appear in court charged with leading education law protests, while two others face trial for lowering the national flag.
One activist faints at a pre-trial hearing at Tharawaddy court, allegedly from injuries sustained in the police crackdown in Letpadan on 10 March.
Politicians still view free press “as a threat that must be contained,” says Shawn Crispin of the Committee to Protect Journalists.