Myanmar army to retain internet curbs to ensure rule of law, stability

FILE PHOTO: Myanmar's military spokesman General Zaw Min Tun attends a news conference in Naypyitaw, Myanmar February 16, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

(Reuters) - Myanmar’s military rulers have no immediate plans to lift restrictions on the internet because violence in the country is being provoked online, a junta spokesman said on Tuesday.

Most important to the country was the rule of law and stability, so the internet would be restricted for “a certain time period”, spokesman Zaw Min Tun told a news conference. He said the military respected the media and though reporting protests was allowed, leading them was a crime.

Reporting by Reuters Staff; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Ed Davies