In this DVB Debate, our panelists trade views on the merits of the Telecommunication Law’s 66(d) defamation provision, and offer their advice to lawmakers weighing changes to the controversial legislation.
Legal experts suggest that the case brought against three detained journalists who are being charged under Burma’s Unlawful Associations Act lacks a sound basis upon which to pursue prosecution, given the specifics of the colonial-era legislation’s provisions.
The European Union on Monday urged Burma to protect journalists from “intimidation, arrest or prosecution” after several cases of reporters running into trouble with the law, including three detained by the army last week.
A delegation led by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees travelled to Arakan State on Sunday, visiting the troubled region less than a week after security forces there were put on high alert amid a spate of recent killings that the government has blamed on “terrorists.”
Tens of thousands of workers have fled Thailand, most of them for homes in neighbouring Burma, after new labour regulations adopted by the military government sparked fear and panic among the migrant community.