“It is evident that Michael Kyaw Myint used a telecommunications network to post libellous writings about the chief minister of Yangon.”
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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.
The author of a satirical article that appeared in a March edition of The Voice Daily was released from police custody on Friday after a court dropped an online defamation charge that had been brought against him, though the newspaper’s editor-in-chief will still stand trial over the offending piece.
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).