Yangon: Myanmar’s junta-controlled media announced a ban on satellite television receivers on Tuesday (4 May), stating that national security outside broadcasts is a threat and threatens to jail anyone caught violating the measure.
Mobile Internet use has largely ceased to stem the anti-junta protest since the 1 February coup, with Myanmar rapidly returning to a state of secession that preceded a decade of democratic reforms.
MRTV State Television stated, “Satellite television is no longer legal. Anyone who violates the television and video law, especially those using the satellite dish, is sentenced to one year imprisonment and 500,000 kites (US $ 320) Will be fined, ”MRTV State Television said.
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“Illegal media outlets are broadcasting news that undermines national security, rule of law and public order, and encourages treason.”
Amid widespread opposition, Janta has struggled to impose order since the overthrow of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and end a volatile transition to democracy.
Advocacy groups from the aid group Political Prisoners (AAPP) say the coup and security forces have killed more than 760 civilians, sparking violence. Junta disputed the figure and said that 24 police and soldiers have been killed in the protests.
Myanmar media reported that five people died on Tuesday from at least one parcel bomb, including an evicted jurist and three police officers who joined the civil disobedience movement opposing military rule.
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Meanwhile, the Chinaland Defense Force, the newly formed militia in India on the border of the Chin state, said on its Facebook page on Tuesday that its forces have killed at least four Myanmar soldiers and wounded 10 in the overnight clash.
Myanmar’s military did not comment on the claim.
Villagers saw the corpse of a junior appointed as a locally appointed administrator in the northwestern Sagang region, reported by independent broadcaster DVB, a day after another local official was murdered in the largest city, Yangon.
Reuters was unable to reach the local police for comment.
According to a Myanmar Now report, supporters of democracy staged a protest in another city of Mandalay, including academics, calling for a boycott of schools and universities in the field of education.
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Junata said she had to seize power because complaints of fraud in the November election were addressed to the Election Commission by Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, which considered the vote fair.
Aung San Suu Kyi, 75, has been detained along with several other members of his party since the coup.