Disconnection and Vanishing Rights

March 28th, 2023  •  Author:   Athan - Freedom of Expression Activist Organization  •  1 minute read
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Athan’s 2022 report, “Internet Access Amid Darkness and Living Under Threats,” has detailed three ways in which Myanmar’s internet access has been cut since February 2021.1 Firstly, there have been instances of connection blackouts lasting several days. Secondly, there have been specific periods or days when the internet has been shut down. Lastly, the military junta has implemented restrictions on internet speed and increased internet fee rates.

The report reveals that the military junta has been using more tactics to control information flow for their military and political purposes. As of mid-2022, the junta has also temporarily shut down phone line services in some rural areas and even in urban cities, particularly in conflicted areas.

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