Media


Independent media outlets covering the Shan State Hluttaw (parliament) in the state capital Taunggyi have been discriminated against and are being restricted in their coverage of the parliament.

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Campaigners and former prisoners have demanded the government amend the notorious Telecommunications Law, under which a number of Myanmar citizens have been prosecuted and jailed for “defamatory” social media posts.

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Directly contradicting the experience of many reporters, including those at The Myanmar Times, Minister for Information U Pe Myint announced yesterday that the media has not been restricted within the conflict areas in Rakhine State. Military officials, however, did acknowledge that they have made reporters delete photos that they have deemed a security risk.

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A ceremony was held at Park Royal Hotel in Yangon at 2 pm on October 16 cementing a deal between the Burmese language service of Voice of America (VOA)and the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB). The deal will see VOA Burmese TV programs aired on the DVB channel.

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A journalist who says he was forced to flee his home for fear of reprisals from timber smugglers has accused local authorities in Mandalay Region of not coming to his aid. And another reporter, a freelancer, staged a one-man protest denouncing “corrupt officials”.

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Myanma Posts and Telecommunications plans to have 230 stores by spring 2018, an 80% increase, as Myanmar’s largest telecom operator faces tougher competition from the entry of new foreign companies.

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The Ministry of Information announced on Thursday that 42 companies have been included in the initial content provider list to work under the state-owned Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV).

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On a recent cloudy Yangon afternoon, a group of workers was taking a lunch break at a small roadside restaurant.

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I have always admired the courage and political instincts of Myanmar’s press. Although my knowledge is limited to English-language media, when I read what Myanmar journalists are writing I have often been impressed by how valuable and reliable the best Myanmar journalism is.

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A freer media is critical to the country’s political transition, but it is also time for more responsible journalism.

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“Boom!”

The sound of an explosion woke U Nyein Chan Aye, a freelance reporter in Bhamo, Kachin State, shortly after midnight on June 30.

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A journalist from the BBC’s Myanmar-language service walked free from prison on Thursday after a court accepted his appeal against a three-month sentence handed down in June for striking a policeman.

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On March 31, the day after the National League for Democracy took office, the masthead of state-owned newspaper Kyemon (The Mirror) changed to red, a traditional symbol of the pro-democracy movement.

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A farmer, a former reporter and an editor from The Ladies Journal were each handed fines of 20,000 kyats (around US$17) by a local court in Pegu Division’s Thaegon Township on Tuesday after being charged with defamation over a news story.

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Tint Swe, permanent secretary and spokesman of the Ministry of Information, submitted his resignation on Friday, citing family and social obligations.

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A US$20 million cinema plan has started its pilot project in Rangoon’s Taik Kyi and southern Shan State’s Aungban townships, according to private cinema developer Maze Co., Ltd.

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Burma’s powerful military remains intolerant of press freedom, fearing a negative portrayal of its institution.

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A former MP who once suggested that the best way to achieve peace in Burma was by annihilating ethnic armed groups has launched a new journal bearing his nickname.

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An official in Myanmar has been charged with defamation for referring to Aung San Suu Kyi with a slur parroted by the former junta she spent decades campaigning against, police said Tuesday.

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Financial challenges loom over journals serving residents of a central Myanmar region that was notorious for its persecution of journalists under the previous government.

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