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Just a few months later the Tatmadaw was in full-blown conflict mode again, with the outbreak of fighting in Kachin State. But at the same time, a nascent peace process was gathering momentum; in August, the negotiating team led by Union minister U Aung Min was formed.
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As Myanmar heads toward national elections scheduled for November, the government of President Thein Sein is intensifying attempts to thwart the democratic aspirations of Myanmar’s people.
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The defence lawyer representing jailed journalists from the Burmese newspaper, Bi Midday Sun, has announced that the Rangoon Region Court rejected an appeal for four of the paper’s employees currently serving a two year imprisonment sentence in Rangoon.
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Where there’s a will, there’s a way, according to the Ma Ba Tha. Burma’s Ministry of Information last week dashed the group’s hopes of launching its own radio station—at least for now—but Ma Ba Tha said it will keep pushing.
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Burma’s Minister of Information Ye Htut has warned television and radio outlets that they risk losing their broadcasting licenses if they air material deemed to be biased when covering the upcoming general election.
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Amendments in parliament to the Television and Broadcasting Bill still leave the government with too much influence over the sector, according to U Khine Maung Yi, an opposition MP and member of the Sport, Culture and Public Relations Committee of the lower house.
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The Thai Government must drop criminal charges against two journalists from the online news outlet Phuketwan who are about to go on trial on 14 July 2015 for writing about the trafficking of the Rohingya, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said today, 29 June.
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Human rights watchdog, Freedom House issued a statement condemning the contempt of court charges filed against 17 journalists in Burma saying that the charges were an indication of the lack of press freedom in Burma.
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A prominent ruling party MP has outraged the gay and lesbian community by posting on social media about his hatred for gay people, and revealing that he forced homosexuals to work as porters when he was serving in the military.
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A court has concluded that the freelance journalist Ko Par Gyi, who was shot while in army custody last October in Kyaikmayaw township, Mon State, died from unnatural causes. In a dramatic development, the two soldiers who admitted shooting him appeared at the final hearing on June 23, which was also attended by the widow of the deceased, Daw Thandar.
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The court probing into the death of freelance reporter Par Gyi in military custody last year has concluded that the journalist died of “unnatural causes”, opening up possibilities to prosecute the soldiers allegedly responsible for his death.

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Thai Buddhists have offered to help a network of hardline anti-Muslim Myanmar monks set up a radio station to spread their message across a nation where sectarian hatred is on the rise.
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Ma Ba Tha will trade in their bullhorns for broadcast towers after a Thai religious delegation pledged funding to construct two radio stations for the Burmese Buddhist nationalist group.
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I recall vividly the first time I saw a tablet computer in this country. It was early 2011 in Myitkyina and the Tatmadaw’s Northern Command was flexing its muscles, a prelude to the new Kachin war.
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More than a year after the passage of Burma’s Media Law, the Ministry of Information has finalized new regulations for news organizations that will on paper give journalists greater access to information, but which may leave authorities with significant leverage over the reporting of contentious issues.
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Myanmar’s Information Ministry has filed a contempt of court complaint against the publisher and 16 editorial employees of a newspaper it is already suing for defamation, an action critics charge is an attempt at intimidation ahead of elections set for later this year.
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In the run-up to November’s crucial nationwide elections, Burma’s press freedom landscape leaves a lot to be desired, according to a new report by Amnesty International.
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Three years after the end of the country’s draconian pre-publication censorship regime, journalists working in Burma remain fearful of arrest, criminal prosecution and violence, despite legal safeguards ostensibly guaranteeing reporters broad freedoms to operate without interference from authorities.
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Burma’s Ministry of Information has pursued contempt charges against more than a dozen editors of a local newspaper for reporting on its own legal proceedings in a separate defamation case brought by the government.
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The Union Election Commission will allow observers from a maximum of five international organisations to monitor the parliamentary elections, U Tin Aye, chair of the UEC, told The Myanmar Times.
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