Myanmar announces ban on satellite TV as security threat

Myanmar’s junta-controlled media introduced a ban on satellite tv receivers on Tuesday, saying exterior broadcasts threatened nationwide security and threatening to jail anybody caught violating the measure.

With cellular web entry largely minimize off in a bid to quell anti-junta protests for the reason that Feb. 1 coup, Myanmar has more and more appeared headed again to the state of isolation that preceded a decade of democratic reforms.

“Satellite television is no longer legal. Whoever violates the television and video law, especially people using satellite dishes, shall be punished with one year imprisonment and a fine of 500,000 kyat ($320),” MRTV state tv stated.

“Illegal media outlets are broadcasting news that undermines national security, the rule of law and public order, and encouraging those who commit treason.”

In the face of widespread opposition, the junta has struggled to impose order since overthrowing elected chief Aung San Suu Kyi and ending an unsteady transition to democracy.

Violence has spiralled for the reason that coup and security forces have killed greater than 760 civilians, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) advocacy group says. The junta disputes the determine and says 24 police and troopers have died within the protests.

Myanmar media reported that 5 individuals had been killed by at the least one parcel bomb on Tuesday, together with an ousted lawmaker and three cops who had joined a civil disobedience motion opposing army rule.

Meanwhile, the Chinland Defence Force, a newly fashioned militia in Chin state bordering India, stated on its Facebook web page on Tuesday that its forces had killed at the least 4 Myanmar military troopers and wounded 10 in a conflict in a single day.

The Myanmar military didn’t remark on the declare.

Villagers had discovered the beheaded physique of a junta appointed native administrator within the northwestern Sagaing area, impartial broadcaster DVB reported, a day after one other native official was stabbed to dying within the greatest metropolis, Yangon.

Reuters was unable to achieve native police for remark.

Pro-democracy supporters held protests on Tuesday within the second-biggest metropolis of Mandalay, together with one by schooling workers calling for a boycott of colleges and universities once they reopen in June, Myanmar Now reported.

The junta stated it needed to seize energy as a result of its complaints of fraud in a November election gained by Suu Kyi’s celebration weren’t addressed by an election fee that deemed the vote honest.

Suu Kyi, 75, has been detained for the reason that coup together with many different members of her celebration.

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