Media


Several private newspapers in Myanmar printed black front pages on Friday to protest the recent arrests and sentencing of journalists, in the latest sign the country’s media climate is worsening.
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Several leading actors in the international community have voiced concern and accused the Thein Sein government of backsliding on its commitment to media reform, following the sentencing to one year in prison of DVB reporter Zaw Pe on Monday.
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The Chief Minister of Bago Region, U Nyan Win, has urged youth members of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party to be careful in their dealings with the media.
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The Myanmar Journalists Network has decided to submit to the Ministry of Information a list of proposed amendments to the Printers and Publishing Law enacted last month.
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Witnesses summoned by the state provided inconsistent statements on Monday during the trial of four journalists and the CEO of Unity Journal for exposing a secret weapons factory in Pauk Township, Magway Region.
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The Myanma Freedom Daily, one of two English-language private daily newspapers in Burma, has temporarily suspended its operations, the publication’s founder says.
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Since the government gave the green light to 16 private daily newspapers on April 1, 2013, many are finding the harsh realities of Myanmar’s publishing market too hard to cope.
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The Myanmar Journalist Institute (MJI), the country’s first independent journalism school, will be up and running by the middle of this year, promised U Ze Yar Hlaing, chairman of the organizing project committee
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The slight, soft-spoken woman onstage called on the media and the rest of the country to let go of narrow-minded nationalism.
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By-laws for the print and publishing and media laws approved by the Union parliament on March 4 will be drafted within 60 days, according to a government spokesperson.
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It should have been an opportunity to build trust between the media and the military. But Senior General Min Aung Hlaing’s first press conference has, if anything, cast more suspicion on the military’s commitment to democracy, with journalists being barred from the event and state-controlled media given special treatment.
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The Hawaii-based East-West Centre, established to forge links between the United States and the Asia-Pacific, is hosting the fourth iteration of its biennial media conference in Rangoon this week. In many respects, it serves as a testament to how far press freedoms in Burma have progressed over the past two years.
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Journalists say the Burma government is imposing new visa restrictions that will make it difficult for them to remain based in the country full time.
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A front-page mash-up of Burma President Thein Sein portrayed in traditional Burmese dancing garb and published in a local newspaper has drawn the ire of officials and some local media, who feel the image oversteps ethical boundaries.
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Independent local media have alleged that state-owned newspapers The New Light of Myanmar and The Mirror are altering advertisements in an attempt to remove references to sensitive issues such as human rights and government corruption.
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Dozens of journalists staged a rare demonstration Tuesday morning in Burma’s biggest city to protest a jail term given to a reporter who was working on a story about corruption.
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The Third Plenary Session of the 18th Party Congress of the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing caught the attention of Myanmar media. Many media organizations reported on the Session in the form of op-eds or by quoting stories by foreign media.
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Burma’s parliament has agreed to amend parts of a controversial new publishing bill, which critics say is being used to re-introduce censorship in the former military dictatorship.
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The global newspaper industry’s very existence is threatened by the rise of digital media, editors and commentators said at a regional conference this week. In Burma however, as a post-censorship media landscape begins to take shape, observers say constraints on access to online news sources mean there may be some life in the printed word yet.
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Zaw Win Than has been with The Myanmar Times since 2006 and this year was appointed chief of staff. The weekly newspaper publishes both an English and Myanmar language edition. In October Zaw Win Than together with 10 other Myanmar journalists came to Germany to learn about changes affecting print media. Visits to several publishing houses gave them insight into various business models. (more…)

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