25 July 2015

The Myanmar Herald

The former editor and deputy editor of The Myanmar Herald have been fined the equivalent of $850 after being convicted of defaming Burma's President Thein Sein. The editors were charged following an investigation by the Ministry of Information; nine other staff at the newspaper were acquitted.

The charge relates to an interview with opposition politician Myo Yan Naung Thein, in which he said: "The President is the head of the State but his words were gibberish, irrational, cheap and inconsistent... all his words were completely nonsensical, absurd and insane." The interview was published on 9th August last year.