Media


The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar today called on the country’s authorities to address ongoing challenges to the democratic reform process “before they undermine the success achieved so far.” (more…)

The Myanmar Journalist Network has called on media organisations to boycott the activities of government officials in response to what they claim was the direct targeting and beating of journalists during the March 10 crackdown on student protesters in Letpadan. (more…)

A journalist from the Burmese language weekly Popular Journal was reportedly beaten on Mar. 10 by three members of the now-infamous red armband gang in Rangoon, after an attempt to conduct an interview over their role in a violent attack on student protesters outside Sule Pagoda.
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Activists and celebrities packed a Yangon hall of the Free Funeral Service Society yesterday to denounce police violence against students and other protesters in Letpadan and to demand their release from prison. (more…)

Two Burmese journalists were released from a prison in Pegu Division on Friday after being detained for three nights. Nine students were also let go. (more…)

Burmese Buddhist monks have claimed that the government fabricated accounts that appeared in state media, which claimed that those monks detained in the aftermath of the Letpadan student protests had apologised for their actions and promised to avoid political action in the future. (more…)

Twitter and Facebook generated some buzz during the last few days over speculation regarding former UK PM Tony Blair’s recent appearance in Nay Pyi Taw, according to the London-based Spectator magazine on March 6.
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Yangon-Myanmar Press Council (Interim) issued a statement condemning Myanmar Police Force’s hostile action of beating and arresting the journalists covering news as to the main students’ column of democracy education, disrespecting for local and international laws. (more…)

As private daily newspapers struggle to survive in Burma’s changing media landscape, Information Minister Ye Htut told the Union Parliament on Thursday that state-owned newspapers are alive and well, reiterating that state budgets would suffer no losses by transforming government dailies into public service media.
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The Chin state government has approved the holding of the third Ethnic Media Conference (EMC) in Hakha, the capital of Chin State, from 18 to 20 March.
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Thirteen striking workers and two journalists were apprehended by police during a labour protest and detained in Rangoon’s Insein Township on Wednesday. (more…)

Local media spoke out on Thursday against the detention of two reporters covering a workers’ strike in Rangoon, claiming authorities are tightening their grip over the press as elections near and several protest movements gain traction. (more…)

The Myanmar Press Council (Interim) has expressed concern over the possible prosecution of journalists covering the conflict in Kokang under martial law restrictions imposed in the northern Shan State border area. (more…)

A freelance photojournalist arrested last week for posting a satirical message on social media has regained his freedom – but not control of his Facebook account. U Aung Nay Myo, 37, yesterday accused police of changing the password on his account and posting messages purporting to be from him.
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A journalist who was arrested for a Facebook post mocking Myanmar’s leaders was freed from jail Monday without charge.
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A freelance photographer from Monywa was detained by local authorities on Friday for posting a satirical photo on his Facebook page that mocked authorities.
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Facebook users in Bangladesh have reacted angrily to the posting of a map on the Myanmar Air Force Facebook page that showed what was termed the “Future Myanmar Empire” that displayed Bangladesh as Myanmar territory, reports the Dhaka Tribune on February 26.
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In this week’s edition of Dateline Irrawaddy, first aired on DVB on Wednesday, The Irrawaddy English edition editor Kyaw Zwa Moe is joined by two photojournalists—JPaing of The Irrawaddy and Lynn Bo Bo from the European Pressphoto Agency — to discuss their experience of the Feb. 17 attack on a Red Cross convoy, amid the ongoing conflict in Laukkai.
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Google said February 25 that Gmail is now available in the Myanmar language, marking the 74th language for the popular email service.
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Twenty-three years after more than a dozen members of a well-known student militia were massacred in northern Burma, a survivor of the incident has published a book recounting his experience.
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