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Yangon to probe Extra Charges on Mobile Phone Bills

The Yangon government is investigating public’s complaints about alleged extra charges on their mobile phone bills, the Regional Minister for Electricity, Industry, Transport and Communication said.
Date: 23 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Parliament OKs Revisions to IT Monitoring Proposal

A motion urging the government to monitor information technology (IT) has been approved in Hluttaw.
Date: 13 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Intellectual Property Laws needed to attract Fresh Foreign Investment

Four laws related to protecting intellectual property (IP) are expected to be enacted soon to attract more foreign investment into Myanmar, especially from Japan, said Mr. Hiro Yamaoka, managing director of the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO). “Enacting proper IP laws is fundamental and urgently required to attract Japanese bus ...
Date: 24 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Revised Section 66(d) Amendment Bill sent back to Amyotha Hluttaw

After making revisions to the bill amending the Telecommunications Law, the Pyithu Hluttaw has sent it back to the Amyotha Hluttaw, which initiated the bill.
Date: 21 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

66(d) necessary to prevent More Crime: Pyithu Hluttaw MP

The controversial Telecommunications section 66(d) is necessary to prevent people from committing more crimes and cannot be fully abolished, U Tun Tun Hein, chair of Bill Committee and Pyithu Hluttaw MP from Naung Cho township, said on Thursday.
Date: 11 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Newspaper Editor accuses Authorities of not respecting News Media Law

An editor of a daily newspaper accused the government of not respecting the News Media Law, which was passed by the Hluttaw and signed by the president, as it has been prosecuting journalists under the penal code without going through the proper procedures.
Date: 08 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Amyotha Hluttaw amends Telecommunications Law, but Contentious Section 66(d) survives

The Amyotha Hluttaw passed the bill amending the Telecommunications Law as revised by the Bill Committee on Wednesday but took no action on calls to abolish the controversial section 66(d), said Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than.
Date: 04 August 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Ideas for amending Media Law to be submitted to Hluttaw

Amendments and additions to the Media Law will be submitted to the Hluttaw by the end of this month aiming for freedom of expression in the media, officials of the Myanmar Press Council said. They made the comments at a workshop and discussion attended by journalists from Upper Myanmar on amending the Media Law and Right to Information Law, at ...
Date: 18 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Amyotha Hluttaw to discuss Amendment of Section 66(d)

The amendment of Section 66(d) of the 2013 Telecommunications Law will be discussed in the Amyotha Hluttaw.
Date: 14 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Twenty Two Groups launch Online Drive against Section 66(d)

A Coalition of 22 civil society groups launched an online campaign on Thursday to abolish Section 66(d) of the 2013 Telecommunications Law.
Date: 14 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Advocates says proposed Changes to Telecom Law don’t go far enough

The proposed changes on the country’s Telecommunications Law as announced by government are not enough to uphold and protect freedom of expression, said advocates for the abolishment of the section 66(d).
Date: 11 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Amendment to Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law under Consideration

Amendment to the Section 66(d) of the country’s Telecommunications Law - which critics say suppresses free speech - is under consideration, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said.
Date: 07 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Sixty One Rights Groups urge Government to repeal Section 66(d)

A joint statement issued by 61 national and international human right organisations urge the Myanmar government and parliament to repeal Section 66(d) of the 2013 Telecommunications Law and to decriminalise defamation. The statement urged that, at a very minimum, the law should be amended in such a way that defamation is no longer criminalised ...
Date: 03 July 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Government considers amending Section 66(d) to be Bailable Offence

Discussions are under way to amend Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law to become a bailable offence, Post and Telecommunications Department, Ministry of Transport and Communications director U Myo Swe told The Myanmar Times.
Date: 23 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Tech Transfer Clause linked to Enactment of IPR law

The inclusion of the technology transfer clause in contracts inked in Myanmar by foreign firms will only take effect after the Intellectual Properties Right (IPR) law is enacted, said Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Planning and Finance U Maung Maung Win.
Date: 23 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Journalists protest against Law prosecuting their Colleagues

Journalists from Mandalay have released a statement protesting against Section 66 (D) of the Telecommunications Law and the prosecution of journalists for praying at the corner of Maha Muni Pagoda and for giving out pamphlets.
Date: 15 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Communication Law ‘likely to be reviewed’

An amendment to section 66(d) of the Communication Law has been discussed by the Assessment Commission of Legal Affairs and Special Issues and is likely to be reviewed, commission member and ruling NLD spokesperson U Win Htein said.
Date: 12 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Bail being considered for Section 66 (d) of the Telecommunications Law

Bail for those charged under Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law is being considered under proposed amendments to the law. Union Attorney General (AG) Office permanent secretary, Daw Nu Nu Yin, said that the amendments to include bail were suggested by the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
Date: 05 May 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Court presses ahead with 66(d) Charge

Kamaryut Township Court yesterday opted to press ahead with defamation charges against ruling party member U Myo Yan Naung Thein, after assessing evidence submitted by police investigating the case. U Myo Yan Naung Thein has been charged under Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law over a Facebook post perceived to be defaming the Tatmada ...
Date: 02 February 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Demonstrators take Aim at Section 66(d)

Activists, lawyers and journalists gathered in Mahabandoola Park yesterday in a demonstration of solidarity against Myanmar’s notorious defamation laws.
Date: 23 January 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

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New ASEAN e-Commerce Framework to benefit More Local MSMEs

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 21 (Bernama) - The new ASEAN framework on e-commerce, currently being implemented by the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on E-commerce, is expected to open up more opportunities for micro and small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and facilitate their business expansion in the region.

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ASEAN pushes enabling Environment for Inclusive Business

MANILA, Nov 16 (PNA) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member-states will work towards providing an enabling environment for inclusive business imperative for the region’s economic community-building efforts.

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ASEAN, Partners to fast-track RCEP Conclusion in 2018

MANILA, Nov 15 (PNA) - Leaders from the countries participating at the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) on Tuesday have instructed its ministers and negotiators to intensify efforts in 2018 to bring the RCEP negotiations to conclusion.

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ASEAN FTAs gain Ground in 2017, DTI says

MANILA, Nov 14 (PNA) - The year 2017 witnessed ASEAN efforts to beef up its free trade agreements (FTAs) with its international stakeholders gaining ground.

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ASEAN Leaders and CEOs push for Inclusive Business

MANILA, Nov 14 - The ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC), composed of three CEOs/Presidents of private companies per ASEAN Member State, met with ASEAN Leaders led by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on 13 November 2017 at the Philippine International Convention Center. Mr. Jose Ma. A. Concepcion III from the Philippines, the 2017 Chair of ASEAN-BAC and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship, led the private sector.

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AICHR promotes Human Rights in ASEAN

Nov 13 - The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) has initiated various activities throughout 2017 to promote human rights to the peoples of the region.

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ASEAN reaffirms Cooperation with East Asian Community in 20th ASEAN+3

MANILA, Nov 14 (PNA) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) reaffirmed its cooperation with Japan, Korea, and China during the 20th ASEAN Plus Three (APT) Commemorative Summit on Tuesday, November 14.

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ASEAN, China agree to start Talks on South China Sea COC

MANILA, Nov 13 (PNA) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China have agreed to start negotiations on a code of conduct on the South China Sea, Malacañang said Monday.

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Japan vows to strengthen Cooperation with ASEAN

MANILA, Nov 13 (PNA) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to deepen cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in various areas such as maritime security, defense, trade, infrastructure development, combating terrorism, disaster risk reduction and cultural exchanges.

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Duterte lauds ABAC Initiative to empower MSMEs

MANILA, Nov 13 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said the Philippines fully supports the ASEAN Business Advisory Council’s (ABAC) strategic action agenda to empower micro, small and medium industries (MSMEs) towards greater participation in the global value chain.

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President Duterte formally launches 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits

MANILA, Nov 13 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, November 13, formally opened the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits, emphasizing on regional and international security as the main agenda.

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ASEAN-HK FTA to attract More Investors to Malaysia

HONG KONG, Nov 13 (Bernama) - The just-signed ASEAN-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement (FTA) will enable Malaysia to attract more Hong Kong investors to its shores, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

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