Thursday, January 31, 2008

Arrested in Rangoon: blogger Nay Phone Latt

Burmese blogger, writer, and businessperson Nay Phone Latt* was arrested Tuesday at an internet cafe in Thingan Kyun Township, Rangoon. Both his houses were searched and the police even raided his aunt's home (Burmanet).

Mizzima reports that Internet cafes in the country have come under increased surveillance in recent weeks. Bloggers are on the run.

Another Burmese writer, Poet Saya Saw Wai, was arrested last week for writing a Valentines' day poem (the poem contained a hidden phrase: "Than Shwe is power crazy"). He was transferred to the notorious Insein prison on Saturday according to family members.
*This is blogger Nay Phone Latt's website (Burmese).

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