Myanmar’s Military Junta Bans Foreign Satellite TV Channels Under Prison Sentence

Myanmar’s military junta has banned the use of satellite television receivers because of the “security threat” posed by foreign television channels and will punish those who violate the rule with up to one year in prison.

As announced last night by the public channel MRTV, satellite television is no longer legal and those who violate this rule, especially those who use satellite dishes to receive the signal from foreign channels, may be punished with up to one year in prison and a fine. of 500,000 kyat (267 euros).


The television indicated that the illegal media broadcast news that threatens national security and public order and encourages those who commit acts of treason.

This prohibition joins the progressive cut-off of internet communications since the coup on February 1, first with the blocking of platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook and then with the nightly cuts of the internet signal and the blockade since March 15, mobile internet data.

The military regime tries to stop information coming from abroad after having approved measures that restrict freedom of expression and having revoked the licenses of some of the most followed digital media, such as Myanmar Now, Mizzima and Khit Thit Media, which continue to operate in the secrecy.

Before that, the print media were disappearing, until the last headline, Standard Time, gave in last March and left Burma without an independent paper press for the first time in almost a decade, with the official newspapers in favor of the junta as the only one. option.

Some 50 journalists remain in detention and dozens are in hiding, reporting from hiding in areas controlled by ethnic guerrillas or refugees in nearby countries such as Thailand and India.

According to the Association for the Assistance of Political Prisoners (AAPP), 769 people have lost their lives at the hands of the junta since the military uprising, while 3,677 are detained.

The Burmese Army justifies the coup by alleged electoral fraud in the elections last November, in which Aung San Suu Kyi’s party was destroyed, as it did in 2015, and which have the endorsement of international observers.



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