Myanmar court grants bail for editor in defamation case
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.