Liking and sharing opponent’s social media content in Myanmar can lead to jail time
Myanmar’s ruling junta on Tuesday warned the public against moral support for a ‘terrorist’ resistance movement, threatening prison terms of up to 10 years simply for liking or sharing its content on social media .
Myanmar has been plagued by violence since the military seized power early last year, with clashes on multiple fronts between junta forces and militias allied with a shadow government and pro groups. -democracy.
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Information Minister and junta spokesman Zaw Min Tin said the “terrorists” were seeking funds to kill innocent people in their campaign to destabilize the country, so their support would be severely suppressed.
He said social media endorsements of the National Unity Government (NUG) or its armed affiliates, the People’s Defense Forces (PDF), could result in prison terms of three to 10 years, and worse for those who provide even small amounts of money.
“If you donate money or support terrorists and their acts, you will face harsher penalties. We are doing this to protect innocent civilians,” he said during a televised press briefing, which included a presentation detailing the penalties for aiding resistance groups.
Since the coup, opponents of the military have used social media platforms to try to spread their message more widely, with citizen journalists often publishing images of protests and alleged atrocities committed by the military.
The United Nations has accused the junta of massacres and crimes against humanity in its crackdown on opponents since its coup last year. Thousands of people have been arrested and many imprisoned in secret trials.
He recently executed four democracy activists, accusing them of facilitating militia attacks.
International calls have grown for deeper engagement with the NUG and for it to be included in any peace process in Myanmar, which the junta refuses to allow, citing the need to restore order.
In a report released last week, the United Nations human rights office called for further isolation of the military and said it had failed to govern the country meaningfully and sustainably, nor to solve a “deep financial sector crisis”.
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