Burmese cartoonists weren’t always so worried about the potential repercussions of what they draw, but a spike in online defamation cases under the current government of Aung San Suu Kyi has them on edge.
A draft bill to amend the controversial article 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law has been submitted to the Upper House.
A new report by Human Rights Watch notes that lawsuits and arrests aimed at curtailing free speech have continued under the NLD government.
Post-election Sino-Burmese relations will be determined by Naypyidaw’s veto power versus Beijing’s hegemonic power, says academic Dr Bryan Pak-Nung Wong.
“With ten journalists now languishing behind bars, proponents of the country’s supposed democratic progress should wake up and take notice of the authoritarian reality that still governs the country.”
Two Thailand-based journalists were charged on Thursday with defamation and violation of the Computer Crimes Act for citing a Reuters article that contained allegations against members of the Royal Thai Navy.