Statement

Directive from authorities to block additional websites in Myanmar

11 July, 2020 - Yangon

Telenor Myanmar, along with all other mobile operators in Myanmar, has received a directive from the Posts and Telecommunications Department (PTD) to block 2 websites alleged to contribute to ‘False News’ relating to COVID 19, Storm and Political news.

The directive references the Ministry of Transport and Communication’s directive of 19 March 2020 and is based on Section 77 of the Telecommunications Law. Telenor Myanmar is legally obliged to comply with the directive. Customers trying to access the affected URLs are directed to a landing page stating that the sites cannot be reached as the authorities of Myanmar have ordered them to be blocked.

Telenor Myanmar believes in open communication. The company continues its dialogue with the authorities on the principles of authorities’ interventions to block websites in Myanmar, and has pointed out that current practice appears to be incompatible with international human rights law.

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