» 03/22/2011, 00.00
Burmese junta bans Skype and VoIP
These applications are illegal under existing legislation. If enforced, ban would reduce cybercafés’ business by 30 to 40 per cent. With SIM cards costing about US$ 1,700, the Internet has become a cheap way for migrants to keep in touch with families back home. For the authorities, censorship is necessary to prevent unrest.
"Superficial" concessions from Burmese junta to appease UN
Yesterday, the military junta released Win Tin, a dissident journalist imprisoned for more than 20 years. 9,002 prisoners were freed, but only seven of those imprisoned for thought crimes. Censorship remains in place for the internet and international telephone calls.
Explosion northeast of Yangon, two dead, ten wounded
The attack struck a public building in a town 160 kilometers from the capital, in an area marked by conflict between the army and guerrillas. The Burmese junta has granted a few of the requests made by Aung San Suu Kyi, who will be allowed to receive letters from her relatives, and to read international news magazines.
Junta blocks Google and GMail
Burmese internet users slam Myanmar's military government for blocking free e-mails and internet messenger programmes like Google Talk and Gmail. Junta is amongst the worse offenders when it comes to internet censorship.
Burmese dissident Zarganar honored for pro-democracy struggle
The activist has received a highly sought-after recognition from the Canadian section of PEN International, an association that works for freedom of the press. The International Women’s Media Foundation, meanwhile, is honoring a Burmese journalist who for twenty years has been denouncing the misdeeds of the reigning junta.
Burmese blogger sentenced to 20 years for "mocking" General Than Shwe
According to the accusation, Nay Phone Latt offended the leader of the junta. He was a valuable source of information during the weeks of oppression against the protagonists of the "saffron revolution," in September of 2007. A poet has also been sentenced to two years in prison.
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