Tag: Myanmar

Pro-Democracy Activist Arrested in Myanmar Over Facebook Posts

Myo Yan Naung Thein, a member of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party in Myanmar, was arrested on November 3 over Facebook posts deemed to be offensive towards the military’s Commander-in-Chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. The activist was charged under Section 66(D) of the Myanmar’s Telecommunications Law. Myo Yan Naung Thein is expected to appear before court again on November 17; if convicted,…

Myanmar Sentenced Activist to Jail Over Mocking Military on Facebook

Patrick Kum Jaa Lee, a peace activist from Myanmar, was sentenced on January 22 by Hlaing township court to six months in prison over posting images on Facebook mocking the military. The activist was charged with defamation under section 66(d) of Burma’s Telecommunications Law, punishable by up to 3 years imprisonment. Patrick, a 43 year-old social worker, was arrested on October 14, 2015, by Burmese Special…

Myanmar Jails Activist Over a Satirical Post on Facebook

Chaw Sandi Tun, a 25-year-old political activist, was sentenced in Myanmar to six months behind bars for posting satirical content about the military on Facebook. The activist was arrested in Yangon in October 2015 and was charged with violating Article 66(d) of Burma’s Telecommunications Law which contains broad definitions of defamation. She was accused of posting an offensive satiric content on social media, described…