Media


Immediately following her appointment as State Counselor, Aung San Suu Kyi announced plans to secure the release of political prisoners and detained activists “as soon as possible.”
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Senior journalists in Burma are calling on new Information Minister Pe Myint to bring further media reforms under the current National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government.
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There was a time in Myanmar when books translated from English were widely available, but their popularity has declined as a consequence of censorship under military rule.
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The NLD’s recent attitude towards the media flies in the face of the party’s claim it will usher in a new era of government transparency.
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The Maupin Prison in Irrawaddy Division on Wednesday set free Chaw Sandi Tun, the 25-year-old National League for Democracy (NLD) supporter who was jailed last year for an online posting of a photo collage deemed defamatory to the military.
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U Zaw Ye Htet, the Hpasithan Journal Chief Editor, was released on bail on 21 March following 14 days in prison charged with defaming the police force and the Karen State authorities.
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A biographer claims Aung San Suu Kyi angrily complained about being interviewed by a Muslim BBC presenter who pressed her about violence against Rohingya Muslims.
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Born in 1949 in Thandwe, Arakan State, the ethnic Arakanese Pe Myint was approved by Parliament last week to serve as Burma’s next information minister. The vice chairman of the Myanmar Press Council earned his medical degree from the Rangoon University of Medicine in 1975. He worked as a general physician until entering the literary sphere in 1988.
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It’s been a busy, challenging couple of weeks for the National League for Democracy (NLD), the party that will assume power in Burma on Friday — nearly five months after an electoral landslide last November, and more than 25 years after it first delivered a humiliating defeat to an army-backed party to win an election victory that was never recognised.
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Leading members of Burma’s rapidly evolving media industry are urging the government to end its control over state-owned media as the Ministry of Information passes into National League for Democracy (NLD) hands.
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The National League for Democracy, which has shed little light so far on its broadcast media policy, has said existing television companies will have to reapply to keep their broadcasting licences while all companies in the private sector will be given an equal chance to compete.
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The following is a presentation given by Mizzima’s Editor-in-Chief Soe Myint at the IPI World Congress 2016 which is running from March 19 to 21 in Doha under the title: Safety and Professionalism.
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Depictions of war, peace and protests are on display at the “Give Peace a Chance” exhibition at the 8th annual Yangon Photo Festival.
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According to a long-time National League for Democracy (NLD) member close to chairwoman Aung San Suu Kyi, international news outlets’ incorrect branding of President-elect Htin Kyaw as her “former driver” is reminiscent of press from a darker era in Burma’s history.
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Media advocacy groups have condemned a bombing attack on the home of an Arakanese journalist, calling on authorities to swiftly bring those responsible to justice.
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Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Burmese authorities to do everything possible to arrest and prosecute all those who had anything to do with last week’s bomb explosion at the home of Min Min, the chief editor of the Root Investigative Agency (RIA), in the troubled western state of Arakan.
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An Arakan State-based journalist claims to have been targeted for his media outlet’s coverage of controversial issues, holding a press conference in Rangoon on Monday to discuss an explosion last week at his home in Sittwe that he characterized as an attack.
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The spread of smartphones has fostered illegal gambling by enabling tech-savvy bookies to place their customers’ bets via social media websites.
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Editor in charge Kyaw Zaw Lin and Senior Reporter Aung Ye Ko Ko of The Daily Eleven have been sued by Minister Dr Khin Maung Htun of Kachin regional government’s National Planning and Economic Development Ministry.
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UNESCO and the Ministry of Information facilitated a consultation meeting on the Right to Information (RTI) Law in Yangon on 9 March 2016, the UN body said in a statement. The meeting was widely attended by diverse stakeholders, including News Media Council (NMC), journalist associations, media houses, national and international Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and senior representatives of the National League for Democracy (NLD).
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