Karen pastors and community leaders expressed their concerns – but by the end of the meeting they were satisfied to go ahead with a pre-feasibility study. The “no dams” signs were later taken down.
The jailing of Zaw Pe, a journalist for the DVB, and the imprisonment of several journalists from Unity journal is a typical example of government doubletalk on press freedom and political reforms. This is the real nature of the still military controlled “civilian” government. It fears transparency.