Media


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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How can ongoing legal changes in Myanmar – still emerging from nearly five decades of isolation – lead to an atmosphere that promotes press freedom, rather than limiting it?

Mr David Kaye, the UN special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and others will answer that question at the International Press Institute (IPI)’s 2015 World Congress and General Assembly from March 27 to 29 in Yangon.
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Although Myanmar’s internet rated freer this year than ever before, no laws exist around online privacy and those on the books could be twisted to turn against free speech, according to University of Washington-affiliated researcher Dan Arnaudo.
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For more than forty years state media dominated Myanmar’s media landscape. State newspapers and television channels routinely fed the public the government’s view, often amounting to flat out propaganda.
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A technician for a government-run broadcast station is still missing four days after he was abducted by unknown masked assailants in eastern Burma, according to a government official and a colleague.
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The first film screened in competition at Fica, the International Festival of Asian Cinema in Vesoul in eastern France, was a rare bird: a fiction film from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. The Monk is the first feature film directed by The Maw Naing.
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A motion urging the government to take measures to allow freedom of the press with accountability and responsibility in accordance with the law failed to pass in a vote during the sitting of the Lower House on February 6. (more…)

Local weekly newspaper The Myanmar Times has announced it will launch a daily print edition on March 9, a move that would make it the only private English-language daily in Burma.

The organization said in a press release that its daily would “feature 24 pages of local and international news, commentary and features and be available at newsstands Monday to Friday.”
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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…)

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