A 21-year-old man, Wana Oo, from Myanamar (Burma) is now facing three years in prison after he called his own mother a “prostitute” on Facebook in a comment section, becaue she had met a new boyfriend. The mother, Tin Tin Hla, is suing her own son.
Wana Oo was arrested this morning by police, and is now going to be subject to the new controversial law that critics say is increasingly stifling free speech in Myanamar.
Mr Wana Oo was charged under a broadly-worded law that forbids defaming people on any telecommunications network and can carry up to three-years in jail.
Images of posts sent to AFP by the police showed several pictures of Tin Tin Hla posted on Mr Wana Oo’s Facebook page with insulting comments underneath.