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Police crack down on social media mock-ups

A Rangoon man was detained by police on Wednesday for sharing a photoshopped image on his Facebook page of Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing being trampled on.

Patrick Kum Jaa Lee, the husband of noted women’s rights activist May Sabe Phyu, was arrested at his home at 7:30pm last night. His family have reportedly not seen him since the arrest, and details are as yet unknown of the charges to be brought against him.

Patrick Kum Jaa Lee’s arrest is believed to be the third Facebook-related incident in two weeks.


According to local reports, Zaw Myo Nyunt was detained by police in Mayangon Township, and was charged under Article 34(d) of the Electronic Transactions Law for sharing the same image mocking Min Aung Hlaing.

On 12 October, 25-year-old Maubin resident Chaw Sandi Htun was detained for a post mocking the military’s newly adopted uniforms, which she likened to the colour of Aung San Suu Kyi’s htamein (traditional skirt).

Chaw Sandi Htun was reportedly arrested at a meditation centre she attended with her mother, and was taken by about 20 police to Maubin Township police station where she is being held. If convicted, she faces up to five years’ imprisonment.

Chaw Sandi Htun is due to appear in court on 27 October.


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