Myanmar: Junta Bars Foreign Telecom Executives From Exiting the Country

Source: The Diplomat

“As it faces increasingly violent challenges to its five-month-long rule, Myanmar’s military junta has told foreign executives of major telecommunications firms that they can’t leave the country without permission, Reuters reported today. Citing a person familiar with the matter, the news agency reported that Myanmar’s Department of Posts and Telecommunications issued a confidential order in mid-June stating that senior executives, both foreigners and Myanmar nationals, must seek special authorization to leave the country. The order comes amid the junta’s apparent attempts to force the country’s four main telecoms firms to implement special intercept technology that will allow authorities to spy on calls, messages, and web traffic. According to Reuters, a week after the department’s order, telecom companies were sent a second letter telling them they had until today (July 5) to fully implement the spyware intercept.” (07/05/21)