“It is evident that Michael Kyaw Myint used a telecommunications network to post libellous writings about the chief minister of Yangon.”
Tagged: Telecommunications Law
Burma’s notorious online defamation law remains the tool of choice for powerful people in the country who seek to punish those who are trying to hold them accountable, and the amendment of the law in August has had “no discernible impact” on this, says a new report by the rights groups Free Expression Myanmar.
Phoe Htaung, who was on trial for using the official seal of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in a Facebook post that erroneously declared the resignation of senior party official Win Htein, was sentenced to six months in prison on Friday under the Telecommunications Law’s controversial article 66(d).
Information technology professionals gathered yesterday at the CommuniCast Myanmar 2016 conference at Novotel Yangon Max to discuss the country’s digital future. However, while they were officially there to showcase satellite, fibre optics and broadcasting technologies, they also used the opportunity to demand the right to free expression from the NLD-led government.