Myanmar considers change to law seen as violating free speech: Aung San Suu Kyi
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 07-Jul-2017

Yangon, July 7: Myanmar has often been blamed for violation of human rights. From Rohingya issue to violation of free speech- the country has been in controversy always. In last month, 3 journalists covering an event organized by an ethnic minority rebel group were detained by the military. Though Myanmar has elected their first democratic government but still the freedom of media is still under question. Hence Myanmar is considering amendments to a law regarding this.

The US and the European Union have also expressed their concern over the issue. According to them, its media face increasing curbs. National League for Democracy which has a majority in parliament, considering the amendment. Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of NLD has said it.

"About 66(d), the legislature is considering amendments to that particular law," Suu Kyi said. She also preferred the broadly worded clause of the Telecommunications Law that prohibits the use of the telecoms network to "extort, threaten, obstruct, deface, disturb, inappropriately influence or intimidate".

According to Myanmar officials, the law may be changed to give power judges to release on bail those charged under the law. But some NLD leaders have opposed the proposed amendment with the issue of hate speech, false news.

"This should not be seen very narrowly as three journalists against the army or vice versa, but in general, as to whether the existing laws are in line with our desire for justice and democratization," Suu Kyi said.