Lo­cal re­porter probed over Face­book post

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - ZAW ZAW HTWE za­wza­whtwe@mm­times.com

A lo­cal re­porter for Ra­dio Free Asia in Magwe Re­gion was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for vi­o­lat­ing the Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Act over a Face­book post­ing that al­legedly alarmed the pub­lic.

A COR­RE­SPON­DENT for Ra­dio Free Asia and ed­i­tor in charge of the Magwe Jour­nal in Magwe Re­gion has been charged un­der Sec­tion 68 of the coun­try’s Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Act for al­legedly post­ing in­for­ma­tion on his Face­book page that fright­ened the pub­lic, po­lice said.

Po­lice Cap­tain Han Htoo, head of Ka­maryut Po­lice Force filed a re­port against U Myint Zaw Oo for al­legedly post­ing in­cor­rect news that alarmed the peo­ple on his Face­book page.

Cap­tain Han Htoo told The Myan­mar Times yes­ter­day that mem­bers of the pub­lic were alarmed by the post­ing about a bomb­ing in Yan­gon Uni­ver­sity the ac­cused put on his Face­book page.

How­ever, U Myint Zaw Oo said it was a case of a mis­un­der­stand­ing. He said what he posted in his Face­book page was, “Friends, is it con­firmed of bomb­ing news at Yan­gon Uni­ver­sity?”

He said he was just mak­ing an in­quiry be­cause he got the re­port about an al­leged bomb­ing in Yan­gon Uni­ver­sity on Oc­to­ber 22 while he was in China on the in­vi­ta­tion of the Chi­nese Em­bassy.

“I think this is a mis­un­der­stand­ing by the po­lice. I posted this sta­tus with hon­est in­tent,” U Myint Zaw Oo told The Myan­mar Times.

He added that he took down his Face­book sta­tus three hours af­ter his friends told him there was no bomb­ing in­ci­dent in Yan­gon Uni­ver­sity.

U Myint Zaw Oo said that he will be go­ing to Yan­gon to­mor­row to be in­ter­ro­gated at the Ka­maryut Po­lice Sta­tion re­gard­ing the case.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port, the town­ship ad­min­is­tra­tion, the po­lice and the mil­i­tary se­cu­rity force had to rush to Yan­gon Uni­ver­sity to check on the re­port.

Any­one con­victed un­der Sec­tion 68 of the Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Act faces up to one year im­pris­on­ment and/or a fine.

Photo: Sup­plied.

U Myint Zaw Oo says the is­sue is just a mis­un­der­stand­ing.

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