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Myanmar court grants bail for editor in defamation case

In this photo take on June 16, 2017, Kyaw Min Swe, center, chief editor of The Voice Daily newspaper, is escorted by police during a trial at the town...
Kyaw Min Swe, chief editor of The Voice Daily local newspaper, talks to media during a press briefing, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, in Yangon, Myanmar. Myanm...
In this photo taken June 30, 2017, journalists and activists standing behind banners as they rally for press freedom in Yangon, Myanmar. Myanmar’s cou...
Kyaw Min Swe, second left, chief editor of The Voice Daily newspaper, talks to media during a press briefing along withhis lawyer Khin Maung Myint, le...
Kyaw Min Swe, chief editor of The Voice Daily local newspaper, talks to media during a press briefing, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, in Yangon, Myanmar. Myanm...

In this photo take on June 16, 2017, Kyaw Min Swe, center, chief editor of The Voice Daily newspaper, is escorted by police during a trial at the town...

Kyaw Min Swe, chief editor of The Voice Daily local newspaper, talks to media during a press briefing, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, in Yangon, Myanmar. Myanm...

In this photo taken June 30, 2017, journalists and activists standing behind banners as they rally for press freedom in Yangon, Myanmar. Myanmar’s cou...

Kyaw Min Swe, second left, chief editor of The Voice Daily newspaper, talks to media during a press briefing along withhis lawyer Khin Maung Myint, le...

Kyaw Min Swe, chief editor of The Voice Daily local newspaper, talks to media during a press briefing, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, in Yangon, Myanmar. Myanm...

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A court in Myanmar has granted bail to a newspaper editor who is being tried under a controversial defamation statute in a telecommunications law.

Kyaw Min Swe, chief editor of The Voice Daily, was arrested in June for publishing online a satirical article that allegedly mocked the efforts of the military to reach a peace agreement with ethnic minority groups.

His previous requests for bail had been rejected.

He was charged under Article 66(D) of the Telecommunications Law, which broadly defines defamation and carries a penalty of up to three years' imprisonment.

Rights groups decry the article as a restriction on freedom of expression, but the country's parliament this week turned down a bid to drop the article and decriminalize the offense.


Updated : 2021-01-27 21:56 GMT+08:00