Local reporter probed over Facebook post
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.
U Myint Zaw Oo says the issue is just a misunderstanding.