Politicians still view free press “as a threat that must be contained,” says Shawn Crispin of the Committee to Protect Journalists.
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.
Panellists on DVB Debate discuss whether the government is trying to remain in control of the press by invoking current laws that actually stop journalists from doing their jobs.
The trial of four journalists and the CEO of Unity Weekly journal, charged with violating the State Secrets Act, began on Monday at Pakokku district court.
There has been an explosion of artistic expression across Burma, and artists and comedians are using the country’s reform process as inspiration.
At a time when Burma is navigating its way through a democratic transition, is it appropriate to give the press free reign or should the media be regulated until the country is more stable?
Filmmakers in Burma are slowly producing movies again, in a country once under strict military rule and government censorship. Since the quasi-civilian government started to introduce sweeping reforms, there has[…]
A two-day conference kicked off in Rangoon on Monday with speakers discussing the development of the media and its role in Burma’s transitioning society.
For the first time in nearly 50 years private daily newspapers are now being published in Burma. Sixteen papers have so far been granted licences, although only four were ready[…]
Exhibitions are now showing political art openly in Burma. As the old censorship laws are being relaxed, protest groups are using art to spread their message.