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Military bans media outlets from publishing Kokang group’s statements.
The Military Authoritative Information Team today sent a letter to Myanmar Press Council (Interim) informing that the local news media outlets are not to cover any statements released by Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA).

The letter carried two points. The first point is that representatives from MNDAA (Kokang rebel group) are reported to have been attending the conference of the leaders of ethnic armed groups being held in Panghsan, Shan State (East). The second point states that as MNDAA is declared an unlawful association by the government, the news media outlets are barred from broadcasting or publishing MNDAA’s statements coming from the conference. The letter warned that any media outlet that fails to follow the instruction will face action in accord with the existing laws.

The warning letter is dated May 8, which falls on World Press Freedom Day. The letter said MNDAA is declared an unlawful organisation. According to the Unlawful Associations Act, anyone who contacts or assists the unlawful associations will face a three-year imprisonment under section 17(1) and a five-year imprisonment under section 17(2).

“From my point of view, there are two parts to consider: the criteria of press freedom and the country’s current situation. This declaration is unreasonable from the perspective of press freedom. It is not in line with the freedom of expression. This is from criteria viewpoint. When this is to be linked with the country’s present situation, Myanmar’s press freedom index is at the bottom of the list because it hasn’t been long that the military regime has shifted into a semi-civilian government. The military still intervenes in the political sphere. The attitude of the military is that this is their ‘Type Organisation’. The battles with the armed group called Kokang are different from those happened with other groups. There are conflicts and they are sensitive. So, I want to say that we need to keep on going cleverly in accord with the condition of the country and the standards of press freedom,” said Kyaw Min Swe, the secretary of the Myanmar Press Council (Interim).

“Other armed ethnic groups including MNDAA have been in attendance at Panghsan’s ethnic conference. If the media expresses the news released from MNDAA, action will be taken. Why is an action taken against other ethnic groups apart from the MNDAA? Taking actions against the media and not taking action against the ethnic groups are not fair. Therefore, the statements and announcements coming from Panghsan ethnic conference should not be recognised and actions should be taken against. It looks to be an indirect way to control the media. It can have negative effect on the media because it is useless for the law,” vice chairman Phoe Thawkyar of interim MPC said. cr. eleven media



You need to consider the damage it does to the nation,” he said.
Asked by a reporter how he would shut down the media, Mr Prayuth replied: “Execution, perhaps? Don’t ask silly questions.  The media only needs to be careful, and stick to ethics.”

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“There is no sense that General Prayuth spoke in jest,” the expert said. “But even if he did, the idea that the killing of journalists – let alone the shutting down of media in light of criticism – can be a laughing matter is reprehensible.”




1. The Chinese embassy in Myanmar has issued a press release dated May 7, expressing deep dissatisfaction over the news about ‘the Wa’s objection to China’s selling armed helicopters to the United Wa State Army’ featured in the sample newspaper of the Daily Eleven on May 1.

2. The points included in the press release are a one-sided accusation against our newspaper without thorough reading. Our news was written based on multiple sources and the Wa side also denied it. Our newspaper did not mention any hints or opinions to prove that the news was correct. The Chinese embassy’s accusation that the news could mislead the readers from Myanmar and abroad is totally wrong.

3. It comes as a great surprise to learn that the Chinese embassy issued its press release only a week after our trial-run newspaper was published on May 1.
4. The fact that China’s complete control over the Kunming-Kyaukphyu railroad project or Kyaukphyu port can harm state sovereignty as mentioned in today’s issue of our newspaper is the real opinion of the Daily Eleven. We welcome the Chinese government’s policy of respecting Myanmar’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

5. The Chinese government should respect the rights and freedom of the Myanmar people if it respects state sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Chinese embassy’s press release showing deep dissatisfaction over the news is tantamount to disturbing the Myanmar people’s rights and freedom.

6. The Daily Eleven therefore strongly objects to the Chinese embassy’s press release saying words of disturbing freedom of press, which is the right of the Myanmar people.

Editorial Team
The Daily Eleven

BURMESE    https://democracyforburma.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/press-release-embassy-of-china-reports-of-weapon-transfer-unfounded-and-misleading/

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 It is independent, non-partisan and politically unaffiliated. The project aims to empower Thai citizens and other observers to monitor the Thai parliamentary elections on 3 July 2011, unifying and visualizing nationwide data on election-related irregularities and violence. The data sources are reports from official bodies (police, Election Commission of Thailand etc.), established news outlets, accredited election observers, and citizen reports. Thai Election Watch is grounded in the belief that citizens’ reports on election-related events in their local constituencies can add to a free and fair flow of information. This in turn increases the accountability and transparency of the election process.


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SEAPA Alert: Burmese magazine’s websites Irrawaddy and Mizzima hacked

27 September 2010

The enemy is in sight: Attack! -Harnlay

Thailand-based magazine, “Irrawaddy”, which is a leading critic of the Burmese junta, reported that its website has been under attack since midnight of Monday, 27 September 2010.

The magazine’s general manager, Win Thu, told SEAPA that the “Irrawaddy’s” English and Burmese websites at http://www.irrawaddy.org and http://www.irrawaddy.org/bur have been under “distributed denial of service attack” (DDoS) since 12:30 a.m. on Monday. Its mirror site at http://www.irrawaddymedia.com has also been under attack.

The magazine put up another mirror site (http://www.theirrawaddy.blogspot.com/) where it posted a note saying that the “attacks coincide with the third anniversary of the ‘Saffron Revolution,’ the monk-led protest in Burma. The first major attack was in September 2008, on the [revolution’s] first anniversary.”

“According to an e-mail sent by the website host in the US to ‘The Irrawaddy’ webmaster team, the website [suffered] a high volume attack which overloaded its capacity to provide service,” Irrawaddy further wrote in its new mirror site.

Win Thu gave assurance on the mirror site that the attack would be short-term, “but it has disrupted the daily news production and access by our readers.”

He said “The Irrawaddy” web team is now trying to recover the websites. In 2008, it took three days to recover the website, according to technicians.

The Southeast Asian Press Alliance (http://www.seapa.org/) is a coalition of press freedom advocacy groups from Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. Established in November 1998, it is the only regional network with the specific mandate of promoting and protecting press freedom throughout Southeast Asia. SEAPA is composed of the Alliance of Independent Journalists (Indonesia), the Jakarta-based Institute for the Study of the Free Flow of Information (ISAI), the Manila-based Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, and the Thai Journalists Association. SEAPA also has partners in Malaysia, Cambodia, East Timor, and exiled Burmese media, and undertakes projects and programs for press freedom throughout the region.

For inquiries, please contact us at: seapa@seapa.org, or call +662 243 5579.


The cyber attacks aimed at The Irrawaddy and other exiled media websites originated from China Telecom, according to the US host website.