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Heftier Fines proposed for Illegal Video Copying

The Ministry of Information has proposed a 30-fold increase in fines for video copyright violations and sought revisions to the outdated 1996 Television and Video Act.
Date: 30 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Myanmar backslides on Freedom of Expression: Digital Rights Stakeholders

A majority of stakeholders who attended Myanmar’s second digital rights forum believed that the freedom of expression in the country has worsened in 2017 while online privacy has also deteriorated.
Date: 22 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Court allows Case to proceed against Tanintharyi Weekly

The Dawei Court on Thursday allowed the case to proceed against a weekly newspaper for allegedly maligning the Tanintharyi chief minister and the regional government.
Date: 22 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

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

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Start-ups, SMEs Call for Greater Access to Loans by Foreign Banks

Start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are now calling for equal treatment of foreign and local banks as this will give them more options to borrow money for growth.

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Thailand, Cambodia discuss Nationality Verification for Migrant Workers

PHNOM PENH, Feb 14 (NNT) - Thailand's Labor Minister Adul Sangsingkeo and his Cambodian counterpart Ith Samheng discussed the nationality verification for undocumented migrant workers.

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Departing Lawyer urged NLD Government to get their Acts together

ERIC Rose from Herzfeld Rubin Meyer & Rose Law Firm Limited (HRMR), the Myanmar affiliate of New York-based Herzfeld & Rubin PC (H&R), attributed his exit to the combination of government inaction, the Rakhine crisis, remaining US financial sanctions and the suspension of the EU-Myanmar Investment Protection Agreement (IPA), which he alluded to as a “three-legged stool”.

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ASEAN: Terrorism most serious Security Threat to Region

SINGAPORE, Feb 6 (Bernama) - The ASEAN Defence Ministers today unanimously identified terrorism as the most serious security threat to the region.

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ASEAN unanimously agreed on KSCIP Initiative

SINGAPORE, Feb 6 (Bernama) - All 10 ASEAN countries have agreed with the King Salman Center for International Peace (KSCIP) initiative, said Malaysian Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

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Court Staff involved in Corruption: Committee

Low-rankING court officers have been accused of misusing judges’ names to solicit bribes, which is damaging the integrity of the courts, said U Myint Lwin, chair of the Examination Committee at the Yangon regional Hluttaw.

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Lawyers mark One Year since U Ko Ni’s Death

Lawyer groups marked the first anniversary of U Ko Ni’s assassination on Sunday with a call for the swift punishment of his accused murderers.

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Myanmar, Denmark launch New SME Fund

The Embassy of Denmark in Yangon and Department of SME Development under the Ministry of Industry on Thursday launched a Responsible Business Fund aimed at improving the productivity and competitiveness of Myanmar Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

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Connectivity determinant to promote ASEAN-Indian Economic Cooperation

New Delhi, India, Jan 27 (ANTARA News) - Combined population of nearly 2 billion of the Association of Southeast Asian nations (ASEAN) and India could make southern Asian region a potential economic grouping.

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Chile, Thailand, ASEAN step up Cooperation on Anti-Money Laundering Campaign

BANGKOK, Jan 24 (NNT) - Thailand and Chile are organizing an international workshop on a joint anti-money laundering campaign.

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ASEAN-India Leaders vow to broaden Cooperation

Asean and Indian leaders agreed yesterday to enhance their strategic partnership and broaden cooperation in various fields to drive economic development in the two regions, the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said.

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Laos, Myanmar vow to cement Ties, sign Three Cooperation Deals

The governments of Laos and Myanmar agreed yesterday to enhance bilateral ties and cooperation during Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith’s official visit to the country.

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