The government has accused independent media agencies of spreading “fake news” and misinformation about Myanmar’s political and economic situation.
The amended text now provides for junta cadres to be automatically appointed to the council board.
The rapper posted a video criticising the junta’s management of the power supply while comparing it with the leadership of the previous civilian government.
“The Irrawaddy” has been a frequent target of the junta.
PEN Myanmar member Wai Moe Naing was convicted of high treason for his role as a protest leader and sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment.
The editor of ‘Aasan’ newspaper was arrested after blacking out his Facebook profile photo in a discreet comment on a massacre of civilians.
“Two years after the military coup that abruptly derailed Myanmar’s democratic progress, the country’s media, operating both in the country and in exile, are continuing to deliver the news with incredible resilience. But they do so at immense risk as the military regime continues its violent crackdown, including on journalists and independent media.”
Since the military coup on 1 February 2021, four Burmese journalists have been killed, and no fewer than 130 journalists have been arrested and jailed, and 72 are still being held.
The Committee to Protect Journalists described the jailing, sentencing, and granting early release to journalists in Myanmar as a “cruel carousel” and a “form of psychological warfare aimed at breaking the will of independent media outlets.”
With 63 media personnel currently held, according to RSF’s Press Freedom Barometer, Myanmar is the world’s biggest jailer of journalists relative to its population.
The Committee to Protect Journalists’ annual prison census has found that at least 42 journalists were imprisoned in Myanmar for their reporting as of 1 December.
Journalist Ah Hla Lay Thuzar was arrested in September 2021 and charged with “causing fear, spreading false news and agitating crimes against a government employee”.
“The Irrawaddy” called the ban the first public acknowledgment of the military regime’s efforts to suppress its reporting.
Japanese documentary filmmaker Toru Kubota was sentenced to seven years for violating Myanmar’s electronic transactions law and three years for incitement.