Burmese blogger jailed for 20 years

Nay Phone Latt, the 28 year old Burmese blogger who blogged from the capital Rangoon during the bloody Saffron revolution in September 2007, was jailed for 20 years and 6 months on Monday. According to the blogger’s mother Aye Than he was “convicted of contravening Public Offense Act 505 B by posting a cartoon depicting junta leader Snr-Gen Than Shwe on his blog site.”
Thin July Kyaw, a colleague of the blogger, was also sentenced as was another dissident, Saw Wai, for publishing a poem mcking the Burmese leader Than Shwe in the weekly Love Journal. According to reports, “The first words of each line of the Burmese language poem spelled out the message “Senior General Than Shwe is foolish with power.” link via Global Voices.