Buddha bar storm: Blackwood solely responsible, says VGastro owner

A New Zealand bar manager facing jail in Burma over religious insult claims was solely responsible for using a Buddha image in a controversial drinks promotion, his colleague told a court on Tuesday. Philip Blackwood, a general manager of the VGastro bar in Yangon, has been held in the city’s notorious Insein prison along with […]

2 Burmese & Kiwi jailed for religious insult

The use of Buddha in a promotional poster on a Myanmar bar Facebook page has landed a New Zealand national and two Burmese men in jail. Philip Blackwood appeared in court accused of contravening Myanmar’s stringent religious insult laws. The promotional poster for the V Gastro bar showed an image of the Buddha wearing DJ […]