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Ministry of Religion acts against Facebook users
MFA has lodged a grievance with the Myanmar Press Council asking it to take legal recourse against a Facebook group for publishing publicity and false information against Union Secretary Aung Ko. Meanwhile, the Department has charged a Nazi public service consumer called Zay Linn Htike with publishing a news story on Facebook under the name "Impartial News on Myanmar Politics" in which he described Ko Aung's prohibition of a Buddhist mantras as "A wicked act of the Religion Minister".
Speaking at the pole, the secretary said he banned the singing of the Buddha Sasana Siram Titahtu mantras during the Buddha ritual. Thura[ Brave] Aung Ko, the nickname often alluded to, rejected the accusation and his department lodged a grievance in which he accused the Facebook users of "inciting hate to an ignorant audience and causing civil unrest".
Myanmar Press Council Vice-Chairwoman Aung Hla Tun said that a grievance had been made.
National-Democratic Party of the Netherlands accused of defaming officials on Facebook
The National League for Democracy (NLD) junior co-ordinator in Letpadan Township, Pegu Division, Nyein Chan was indicted for" on-line defamation" under Burma's telecommunications law last night. NLD teenage head is blamed for defaming a community officer in a Facebook posting in July this year. Thereupon, the officer filed a grievance with the authorities under Article 66(d) of the Telecommunications Act.
A member of the NLD since 2008, Nyein Chan was indicted in the Letpadan Municipal Courts on 15 December and then remanded in detention. NLD Letpadan's Deputy General Secretariat, Zaw Moe, said the party's Central Youth Working Committee would brief partisan leaders on Nyein Chan's case. Some have described Article 66(d) of the Telecommunications Act as dramatic.
A member of the then governing Union Solidarity and Development Party was indicted last year for libel under Article 66(d) for publishing an abusive picture of Suu Kyi on Facebook. Early this year, a man was indicted under the same bill for offending Burma's Burmese army commander and the country's former leader on Facebook.