Further charges – under Section 505 (b) of the penal code – for “inciting unrest” at the demonstration remain to be heard at a later date.
The English website of The Irrawaddy was brought down on Thursday by hackers, following the Burmese news group’s coverage of nationalist monk Wirathu.
Human rights and civil society groups have long criticised the Peaceful Assembly Law, or Article 19 as it is commonly known, saying it has been used by the government and military to suppress opposition.
“It is evident that Michael Kyaw Myint used a telecommunications network to post libellous writings about the chief minister of Yangon.”
Parmaukkha was denied bail today on charges of inciting unrest during an anti-Rohingya protest outside the US embassy in Yangon last year.
The four demanded that their handcuffs be removed during the hearing. When their demand was denied, they began singing political songs.