Newspaper editors from the Myanmar Thandawsint were found guilty of defamation and slammed with heavy fines yesterday, amid concerns over the government’s use of the recently enacted News Media Law to muzzle dissent.
Villagers accuse resident monks of breaching the law by living in the pagoda compound for an extended period.
Yangon’s Insein Prison will open its doors this week to a leading monk, who will donate food and preach to inmates and staff under social reforms initiated by the government.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the Tatmadaw, has told the BBC in an interview in Nay Pyi Taw that the military has little intention of loosening its grip on political life in the near future as the country negotiates its way along the path of “disciplined democracy”.
Details are emerging of continuing clashes in northern Kachin State, where government air strikes have reportedly driven more than 1000 villagers from their homes.