Media


Myanmar’s Union Parliament on Wednesday approved the country’s first-ever TV and broadcast bill, opening the door for the private sector to run television stations, U Tint Swe, secretariat of the Ministry of Information told Xinhua.
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The Myanmar government will join hands with Facebook to remove any posts that may incite violence during the upcoming election campaign period Channel News Asia reported on 25 August.
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Parliamentary hopefuls representing Burma’s main opposition party have been warned against interacting with the press while the country’s election board scrutinizes candidates, according to a party spokesman.
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A radio station linked to Burma’s besieged Parliament Speaker Shwe Mann will return to the air on Wednesday at 6pm after being abruptly shut down by the government last week.
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Burma’s Ministry of Information has asked broadcaster Cherry FM, which was taken off the air late last week amid a surprise political shuffle, to “guarantee” impartiality in order to resume its programming.
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Myanmar Now launched at the beginning of August as a free bilingual news site covering life in the country, and the upcoming elections. Staffed by, among others, ex-Irrawaddy reporters it’s funded by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Chief Correspondent and former Thomson Reuters humanitarian reporter Thin Lei Win spoke to The Diplomat about the unique challenges of setting up a new news site within Myanmar.
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Burma has gagged media linked to parliamentary Speaker Shwe Mann after he and his allies were dramatically purged from the leadership of the ruling party by President Thein Sein on Thursday months before a historic general election.
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JMT Network Services (JMT) will form a joint venture, JP Finance Co Ltd, with its partners, to operate a microfinance business in Myanmar according to a 13 August report on dealstreetasia.com.
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The backers of the Yangon Stock Exchange are putting together a crash course to introduce it to the public. Dr Maung Maung Thein, chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Myanmar, said in the coming months, various stakeholders will be given a look at how the systems behind the exchange work.
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Veteran Burmese journalist Aye Aye Win has announced she will retire this week from The Associated Press after an illustrious 25-year career.
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The National League for Democracy has placed a gag order on would-be parliamentary candidates, telling them to stay off Facebook and other social media and to stop giving media interviews until the party has decided who it wants to run. (more…)

Two editors from the Myanmar Herald news publication were found guilty of defamation and fined by a court in Naypyidaw on Tuesday.
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Newspaper editors from the Myanmar Thandawsint were found guilty of defamation and slammed with heavy fines yesterday, amid concerns over the government’s use of the recently enacted News Media Law to muzzle dissent.
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Two journalists employed by the Myanmar Herald were fined one million kyats (US$800) each after being found guilty of defaming the president, the journal’s chief editor said on Tuesday.
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A new broadcast media bill could further entrench the state’s powerful grip on Burma’s airwaves and send private broadcasters the way of several now-defunct daily newspapers, the deputy executive director of Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) has warned.
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Myanmar’s broadcasting industry is set for significant changes as the Government moves forward with a new broadcasting law which is nearing completion according to a CommuniCast media release on the 16 July.
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A leading UN official has called for more support for the 140,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Arakan State, the majority of whom are Rohingya Muslims. However, on the same day – 16 July – Burmese state media released a report suggesting that IDPs have an excess of UN-supplied rations.
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Two suspects arrested in connection with an attack on a vehicle driven by the chief executive officer of a popular Burmese-language daily have not confessed to the crime, the commander of Rangoon Division’s East District Police Force told The Irrawaddy.
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Dr Than Htut Aung, the CEO of Eleven Media Group, was attacked by assailants using slingshots and metal nuts as he drove home from work in central Rangoon on Tuesday evening. He was reported to be unhurt. Police released a statement on Wednesday morning saying they had apprehended two suspects.
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A United Nations human rights body has joined an international chorus of criticism and urged the government to drop charges against two Phuket online journalists being sued by the Royal Thai Navy for defamation in connection with a Rohingya trafficking story.
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