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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 created to open up the government-controlled television and radio sector and allow new private and community channels to apply for licences. Unfortunately the law keeps all undemocratic government-controlled channels and creates a broadcasting regulator that is not independent from government control.

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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

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National security — အမျိုးသားလုံခြုံရေး

UN Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, Siracusa Principles, Principle B(iv) defines when a restriction can be said to serve national security: National security may be invoked to justify measures limiting certain rights only when they are taken to protect the existence

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False news — မှားယွင်းသောသတင်း

Reporting in a truthful and balanced way is an important professional goal for journalists. But freedom of expression not limited to merely truthful information. Journalists should not be compelled to publish only information whose truthfulness is ascertained. Limiting news output to only “true” or State-sanctioned

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Constitution — ဖွဲ့စည်းပုံ

The Constitution does not fully protect the right to freedom of expression. Articles 354 (liberty of expression and publication) and 365 (freedom of artistic expression) do not comply with international standards. There are no articles protecting media freedom and the right to information. 2017 update