Wednesday, May 4th, 2016


About 200 villagers on Wednesday protested against a Chinese company that will resume production at the controversial Letpadaung copper mine in northwestern Myanmar’s Sagaing region, a villager said.
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In response to displacement following recent armed clashes, around 500 people who took refuge in Buthidaung and Kyauktaw Townships are receiving urgent assistance from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the organisation said in a statement on 4 May.
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Dear President U Htin Kyaw,

We congratulate you on becoming Myanmar’s first civilian president appointed by a democratically elected parliament since 1962. We respect the sacrifices that you, National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and millions of people in Myanmar have made in ending repressive military rule in the country.
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Last month Tint San, the former CEO of the now defunct Unity Journal, was among hundreds of prisoners released under a presidential pardon. He and four editors and reporters from his publication had been sentenced to 10 years in prison with hard labour for reporting in 2014 on an alleged chemical-weapons factory operated by Burma’s armed forces, the Tatmadaw. He recently spoke with DVB about his views on media relations with the current government and how journalists should approach reporting on military matters.
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