Sunday, September 18, 2011

Burma's Suu Kyi 'too busy' to use Facebook and Twitter

The Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she has been too busy since her release from detention to use Facebook and Twitter.
Ms Suu Kyi spent years under house arrest with no telephone or internet access.
Shortly after her release last November, she said she wanted to use social networking sites to connect with Burma's younger generation.
But now she has told an interviewer, "I just haven't had the time."
'Snowed under' "If I were to tweet and so on, it would take up so much of my time," she told the French news agency AFP from her party offices in Rangoon.
"I have to confess we are a bit snowed under because paying off a debt of work that has accumulated over seven years is not done in a hurry."
For now, she said, her party - the National League for Democracy - would make do with websites set up by supporters overseas.
After Aung San Suu Kyi's release, some commentators said she might have become out of touch with young people.
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has made efforts to meet Burma's youth, but analysts say she tends to encounter only those who are politically engaged.
Blocked sites visible Facebook, in particular, is very popular in Burma, although internet speeds can be slow.
In recent weeks previously blocked foreign media sites have become visible inside Burma, including the Burmese-language version of the BBC.
But while Burma's new civilian president recently met Aung San Suu Kyi, the military-backed authorities have not rescinded their warning to her to stay out of politics.
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