Media


On a recent cloudy Yangon afternoon, a group of workers was taking a lunch break at a small roadside restaurant.

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I have always admired the courage and political instincts of Myanmar’s press. Although my knowledge is limited to English-language media, when I read what Myanmar journalists are writing I have often been impressed by how valuable and reliable the best Myanmar journalism is.

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A freer media is critical to the country’s political transition, but it is also time for more responsible journalism.

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“Boom!”

The sound of an explosion woke U Nyein Chan Aye, a freelance reporter in Bhamo, Kachin State, shortly after midnight on June 30.

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A journalist from the BBC’s Myanmar-language service walked free from prison on Thursday after a court accepted his appeal against a three-month sentence handed down in June for striking a policeman.

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On March 31, the day after the National League for Democracy took office, the masthead of state-owned newspaper Kyemon (The Mirror) changed to red, a traditional symbol of the pro-democracy movement.

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A farmer, a former reporter and an editor from The Ladies Journal were each handed fines of 20,000 kyats (around US$17) by a local court in Pegu Division’s Thaegon Township on Tuesday after being charged with defamation over a news story.

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Tint Swe, permanent secretary and spokesman of the Ministry of Information, submitted his resignation on Friday, citing family and social obligations.

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A US$20 million cinema plan has started its pilot project in Rangoon’s Taik Kyi and southern Shan State’s Aungban townships, according to private cinema developer Maze Co., Ltd.

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Burma’s powerful military remains intolerant of press freedom, fearing a negative portrayal of its institution.

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A former MP who once suggested that the best way to achieve peace in Burma was by annihilating ethnic armed groups has launched a new journal bearing his nickname.

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An official in Myanmar has been charged with defamation for referring to Aung San Suu Kyi with a slur parroted by the former junta she spent decades campaigning against, police said Tuesday.

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Financial challenges loom over journals serving residents of a central Myanmar region that was notorious for its persecution of journalists under the previous government.

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The Myanmar Journalist Network (MJN) has denounced as a threat to press freedom the Burmese military’s move to sue the 7Day Daily newspaper for publishing a remark by former army general and Lower House Speaker Shwe Mann.

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Myanmar Press Council (MPC) held a daylong discussion with various ethnic media editors on the issue of ethnic media developments in the country.

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British NGO ARTICLE 19, which campaigns for freedom of expression, has called on Myanmar prosecutors to drop a criminal case brought against Mizzima Media by Eleven Media Group Chief Reporter Marn Thu Shein who filed a criminal complaint under the Electronic Transactions Law over a column by Sithu Aung Myint published in Mizzima’s online edition.

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The Burma Army settled a libel lawsuit that it brought against local media outlet 7 Day Daily for publishing a story that it claimed could “destroy the unity of the military.”

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The Burma Army has filed a lawsuit against local media outlet 7 Day Daily for publishing a story in April which included former general Shwe Mann’s message to graduates of the Defense Services Academy, claiming the story could lead to the disintegration of the military.

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A private cinema developer will build 100 cinemas in Burma within the next two years to encourage the country’s stagnating film industry, the Information Ministry said.

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U Sithu Aung Myint has once again raised the ire of the Eleven Media Group and may face defamation proceedings under the Electronic Transactions Law, the tenth time the company has attempted to pursue charges against the prominent commentator.

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