The International Press Institute has called on Myanmar to thoroughly investigate the recent death of a journalist at the hands of the military and to release five staffers from a weekly newspaper sentenced to seven years behind bars, according to press release from the NGO November 13. (more…)

The embassies of the United States and Britain have called on the Burmese government to launch a transparent investigation into the recent killing of a local journalist by the Burma Army. (more…)

Draft by-laws for the News Media Law will require government ministries to reply to media enquiries within 24 hours and take action against staff who do not respond in time, a senior Myanmar Press Council (Interim) official says. (more…)

The 7 Day Daily and Mizzima newspapers misreported defense budget for military operation in 2013-2014 fiscal years in their papers issued on October 28, it was learnt. (more…)

The Myanmar Journalists Network (MJN) met with Information Minister Ye Htut on Tuesday to discuss their concerns about the rising number of legal actions lodged by the Burmese government against media employees.

Reporters Without Borders on October 21 issued a statement condemning the two-year jail term that Pabetan Township Court in Yangon imposed on five members of the weekly Bi Mon Te Nay Journal on 16 October for misreporting. (more…)

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Confusion has emerged over the ownership structure of popular free-to-air channel MRTV-4. The network’s private investors have failed to clarify comments from a senior Ministry of Information official who insisted it has been wholly private since its establishment in 2006. (more…)

Cramped courts hidden down back alleys with half-trained staff – that was the picture of the nation’s judiciary that emerged from a frank exchange of views in Nay Pyi Taw recently. (more…)

News dailies, weeklies and tabloids of all hues are a common sight in Rangoon these days. Whether they are covering politics, elections, business or fashion, there is certainly no dearth of news stories today. (more…)

A draft Television and Broadcasting Bill was approved by the upper house of parliament on Tuesday, paving the way for private TV broadcasters to operate legally in Burma for the first time. (more…)

Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing has assigned three generals the task of communicating with the media, following a meeting between the commander-in-chief and members of the press. (more…)

A two-day forum to improve communication between the government and journalists is expected to take place in the first week of October, say Ministry of Information officials.

The tragic story of Burma’s boatpeople is now known the world over; countless Rohingya Muslims pay brokers to transport them by boat to neighbouring countries, in a desperate attempt to escape poverty and violence. Many die on harsh seas, others fall into the hands of human traffickers. The United Nations estimates that tens of thousands of people in the region — many of them stateless Rohingya Muslims — risked their lives to flee by boat since just the start of this year.


Central Executive Committee members of the National League for Democracy met with the Interim Myanmar Press Council on August 28 at the Kyauktada Township offices of the political party.

A final appeal against the verdict for five Unity Weekly journal employees — who were sentenced to ten years in prison with hard labour in July — was submitted to Magwe regional court on Thursday.

A case filed against more than 50 journalists in mid-July for a demonstration demanding greater media freedoms has been dropped, according to Rangoon’s Kamayut Township police.

Newly appointed Information Minister Ye Htut met for the first time on Saturday with representatives of Burma’s Interim Press Council (IPC) to discuss the regulations for the new media law.

Burma’s Interim Press Council has advised journalists and media workers to follow a code of ethics that will safeguard them from government prosecution.

Presidential spokesman Ye Htut took the reins of Burma’s Ministry of Information last week, succeeding former Information Minister Aung Kyi, who resigned from the post on July 29. Previously serving as deputy information minister in addition to his role as presidential spokesman, Ye Htut spoke to The Irrawaddy’s Htet Naing Zaw about his approach to conflicts between media and the government, his growing cabinet workload and future plans as Burma’s new information minister.

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