Myanmar journalist arrested for satirical post as crackdown on free speech intensifies

Police in Myanmar have arrested a photojournalist who posted a satirical message on Facebook that mocked a historic battle and the country’s leader.

Police confirmed Saturday that Aung Nay Myo was detained on a charge of violating the 1950 Emergency Provision Act. If found guilty, he could face a maximum seven years in prison.

His post satirized the 1971 battle between government troops and communist fighters and wrote that it was directed by President Thein Sein.

The government often uses the draconian law to persecute dissidents and political activists.

At least nine journalists and several publishers and media owners are serving prison sentences from two to seven years and nearly a dozen others are facing charges, undermining

modest advances in media freedoms in Myanmar following a half-century military rule.

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