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Protection Against Hate Speech Bill

Influential people that are intolerant of religious, ethnic, gender and sexual diversity have made hateful speech in Myanmar. Hateful speech has included everything from offensive and discriminatory remarks to incitement to violence and ethnic cleansing. People making hateful speech are unaccountable. The government has not

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Right to Information Bill

Myanmar is one of the most corrupt countries in the world with one of the most unaccountable governments. This is partly because the government is very secretive and many public officials believe that the information they keep on budgets, policies, and projects is secret. Myanmar

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Public Service Media Bill

Myanmar has a number of government-controlled broadcasters on radio and television, including channels run by the Ministry of Information and by the military. The government needs to end all government-controlled broadcasters and create a public service broadcaster. The USDP government proposed a Public Service Media

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Official Secrets Act

The Official Secrets Act was created by the British colonial government in 1923 to criminalise the sharing of almost any kind of information held by the government. The government can say any information is an official secret and is likely to hide corruption and wrongdoing

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Electronic Transactions Law

The Electronic Transactions Law was created under the military government to regulate the internet and control internet users using harsh criminal punishments. The Electronic Transactions Law includes illegitimate criminal punishments for freedom of expression which are unacceptable in a democracy. Summary of recommendations The Electronic

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Broadcasting Law — ရုပ်မြင်သံကြားနှင့် အသံထုတ်လွှင့်ခြင်းဆိုင်ရာ ဥပဒေ

The Broadcasting Law was superficially amended in 2018. The amendment failed to protect freedom of expression, and reflects the government’s lack of open consultation. Download as PDF >> The Amendment made just two substantive changes to the legal framework for the broadcast media. One change

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Printing and Publishing Law

The Printing and Publishing Law is a licensing law for the print media. Democracies do not licence the print media because licences are easily abused by governments. Printers and publishers are ordinary businesses and should be regulated under ordinary business laws. There is also no