YANGON -The Myanmar junta-controlled media announced on Tuesday, 4 May, a ban on TV satellites that threatened national security and threatened prison for anyone caught who violated the measure outside the broadcasts.
Since February 1, Myanmar has increasingly been headed back to the states of isolation preceding ten democratic reforms, with mobile Internet access largely cut off in an effort to quench anti-junta protests.
“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 (S$429),” MRTV state television said.
“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 broad opposition, since the overthrow of the elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and the end of a stable transition towards democracy, the junta has struggled to impose order.
Since the coup and security forces murdered more than 760 civilians, violence has spiraled, says the Advocacy Group for the Assistance Association of Political Prisons (AAPP). The junta disputes the figure and says the protests have killed 24 police and soldiers.Burma media reported that five people, including the ousted legislator and three policemen who were part of a civilian disobedient movement opposing military rule, were murdered by at least one parcel bomb on the Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Chinland Defense Force, a newly formed Chinese militia along the Indian border, said on Tuesday on its Facebook page that at least four Myanmar army troops had been killed by its forces and 10 injured overnight in a clash.The Myanmar army has yet to respond to the allegations.
Villagers in the northwestern Sagaing area discovered the beheaded corpse of a junta-appointed local administrator, according to independent broadcaster DVB, a day after another local official was stabbed to death in Yangon.
Local police could not be reached for comment by Reuters.
Protests by pro-democracy activists were held in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second-largest district, on Tuesday, including one by education workers calling for a boycott of schools and universities when they reopen in June, according to Myanmar Now.In the November elections won by Suu Kyi’s Party the Junta said it had to take power because a committee that considered the vote to be fair did not deal with its complaints of corruption.
Suu Kyi, 75, and many other members of her party have been imprisoned since the coup.