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Gate's leading to Myanmar's parliament in Naypyidaw. The Upper House is due to discuss amendments to Myanmar's restrictive Telecommunications Law this week. (AFP/Romeo Gacad)

Online defamation law amendments fall short in Myanmar

Bangkok, July 17, 2017–A ministerial proposal to amend Myanmar’s 2013 Telecommunications Law falls short of the changes needed to guarantee press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The statute has been repeatedly abused to stifle online speech and jail journalists, CPJ has found.

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