Media


Renowned political activist Min Ko Naing has questioned the Burmese media’s neutrality in a speech at the Nobel-Myanmar Literary Festival. (more…)

Ye Htut was appointed Minister of Information last July, two years after the nominally-civilian government moved to end the junta-era pre-publication censorship regime and began to oversee the introduction of private daily newspaper licenses. He has also served as spokesman for President Thein Sein since 2013, emerging as a staunch and articulate defender of the government’s reform credentials and a frequent critic of journalists and opposition politicians on social media. (more…)

Prominent columnist U Htin Lin Oo, who is facing a charge of intending to “outrage religious feelings” had an appeal for bail turned down by Chaung-U Township Court in Sagaing Region on January 8. (more…)

Dinner parties with the generals – that’s how reporters could soon be getting their scoops from the military, if a proposal from a senior Tatmadaw officer is put into action. (more…)

Burma has one of the world’s worst records for jailing journalists during the past year, according to an annual prison census by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). (more…)

Former Minister of Information U Aung Kyi was allowed to resign in late July, along with then Health Minister, Dr Pe Thet Khin. The shake-up followed a major cabinet reshuffle a month earlier and sparked speculation about differences between U Aung Kyi and President U Thein Sein over media policies. Before heading the Ministry of Information, U Aung Kyi was Minister of Labour and he also served as the military government’s official liaison with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi when she was under house arrest. (more…)

It was easy for Myanmar’s former military government to change the name of the country’s mightiest river, but a magazine ordered to make the same change is putting up a fight. (more…)

Minister of Information Ye Htut has said that a group of journalists from independent media will soon be able join a so-called press corps that will be granted access to the Presidential Palace and public events involving the president and other cabinet members. (more…)

No more contentious issue than the Israeli-Palestinian confrontation has occurred in the American media. On November 23, 2014, The New York Times public editor devoted a full page (“The Conflict and the Coverage”) to discussion of whether that problem was treated with appropriate objectivity, balance, and clarity in that newspaper. There had been many complaints on all sides of those issues. This was an unprecedented and important public discussion of the problems in reporting stories, inclusion of photographs and assignment of reporters and staff.

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A Pegu-based reporter with The Myanmar Herald said on Monday that he is being sued under the Media Law by a local police commander for a report that allegedly negatively affected the officer’s reputation. (more…)

Aung Zaw, the founding editor of The Irrawaddy Magazine, received the International Press Freedom Award, which was presented by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in New York on Tuesday night. (more…)

Members of Burma’s Interim Press Council met with senior military officials for the second time on Sunday, stating their concerns about the media’s lack of access to information from military sources. (more…)

A group of Myanmar reporters and editors received four days of training on religious freedom and conflict reporting last week in Yangon. (more…)

Police in Rangoon may charge more than 20 Burmese journalists who held an unauthorized prayer service on International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists in the commercial capital early this month. (more…)

The International Press Institute has called on Myanmar to thoroughly investigate the recent death of a journalist at the hands of the military and to release five staffers from a weekly newspaper sentenced to seven years behind bars, according to press release from the NGO November 13. (more…)

The embassies of the United States and Britain have called on the Burmese government to launch a transparent investigation into the recent killing of a local journalist by the Burma Army. (more…)

Draft by-laws for the News Media Law will require government ministries to reply to media enquiries within 24 hours and take action against staff who do not respond in time, a senior Myanmar Press Council (Interim) official says. (more…)

The 7 Day Daily and Mizzima newspapers misreported defense budget for military operation in 2013-2014 fiscal years in their papers issued on October 28, it was learnt. (more…)

The Myanmar Journalists Network (MJN) met with Information Minister Ye Htut on Tuesday to discuss their concerns about the rising number of legal actions lodged by the Burmese government against media employees.
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Reporters Without Borders on October 21 issued a statement condemning the two-year jail term that Pabetan Township Court in Yangon imposed on five members of the weekly Bi Mon Te Nay Journal on 16 October for misreporting. (more…)

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