Media


Ahead of Burma’s weeklong Thingyan celebrations, performers in Rangoon have expressed dismay at what they say is heavy-handed censorship at the hands of divisional authorities, with at least one group set to defy government orders to tone down their act. (more…)

When riot police began bludgeoning about 200 student protestors in Burma last month, the violence sent nearly all of those present fleeing for the surrounding jungle or a nearby monastery. Amid the chaos, however, one group was notable for its instinctive—but hardly self-preservative—decision to move closer to the threat: photojournalists. (more…)

Wendy Law-Yone is the daughter of Edward Law-Yone who founded The Nation, Myanmar’s influential English-language newspaper in 1948.  When Ne Win staged a coup d’état in 1962, her life was turned upside down: the newspaper was shut down a year later, her father was detained for five years and she was barred from leaving the country. She was foiled in her first attempt to sneak across the border to Thailand in 1967, which resulted in her imprisonment. Eventually she successfully fled to the United States via Bangkok in 1973, settling in Washington DC. Wendy has published four novels including “Irrawaddy Tango” and “The Golden Parasol”, whose Myanmar translation has just hit the bookstores.
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Whether it is a disappearing umbrella, a questionable dinner party for the well connected, a fake rape report, the wrong wrecked motorcycle, or a ‘hip’ Buddha graphic in poor taste, if it is put online in Myanmar, eager netizens will soon be circulating it throughout the nation and around the world. That’s the nature of the medium.
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School was a bust for San Mon Aung, a well-to-do kid growing up in the aftermath of Burma’s 1988 uprising. It was all palm juice, card games and women, he said, not enough to satisfy his intellectual ambitions.
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Lawyers from across Burma have teamed up to create a network offering legal assistance to journalists and media agencies, in response to a surge in suits filed against members of the fourth estate.
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Naw Ohn Hla was sentenced to four months in prison on Thursday, after the Bahan Township court found her guilty of violating the Peaceful Assembly Law during a Sept. 29 protest.
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As the elections approach, political parties and the media have identified key areas of consensus that will promote coverage of the elections that is balanced, accurate and professional. (more…)

A dearth of women in positions of power within Burma’s media is preventing women from influencing content, and entrenching gender stereotypes, according to a new report by a Swedish think-tank.
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Over 25,000 people from Myanmar and the around the world have joined a campaign on Facebook calling for the release of dozens of students detained after the Letpadan police crackdown. (more…)

Local private newspaper The Myanmar Times apologized on Monday for a cartoon published in its Burmese-language weekly that drew a link between Burma’s armed forces and forced evictions of farmers.
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Burma’s Ministry of Information has accepted 45 journalists into a so-called press corps that will be granted access to the Presidential Palace and public events involving the president and other cabinet members.
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The BBC said yesterday that one of its reporters in Mandalay was “helping police with their inquiries” following a report that he had been charged with assaulting a police officer during a student-led protest in the city on March 27.
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Myanmar’s commitment to freedom of expression after half a century of military rule is irreversible, the government said on Friday, although critics cited lawsuits, beatings and arrests of journalists as signs of it backtracking on reforms.
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Myanmar’s reclusive former military dictator, Than Shwe, appears to have surfaced in public for the first time in almost four years in a photograph on Facebook showing him being taught to use an iPad by a young girl.
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Imprisoned journalists should take their cases to the Supreme Court, Burma’s Minister of Information Ye Htut said at a press freedom summit on Friday, amid calls that he raise the issue of amnesty with the president.
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While Burma’s military has disseminated selective morsels of information to the media over the past few months, local journalists said most of the information was either bland or biased and could not be used.
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A campaign against the mistreatment of journalists is gaining steam among Burma’s private publishers, with six more media outlets joining a boycott of government-related media and press events.
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In this week’s edition of Dateline Irrawaddy, Kyi Myint of the Myanmar Lawyers Network and 88 Generation leader Ko Ko Gyi join The Irrawaddy editor Aung Zaw to continue discussions on the Mar. 5 crackdown on a student protest in downtown Rangoon, Aung San Suu Kyi’s leadership role and upcoming elections.
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A Moulmein Township Court in Mon State on Wednesday sentenced two local journalists with The Myanmar Post to two months in prison on charges of defamation, an editor of the newspaper said.
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