Myanmar / 2014

Obama: Burma must improve its media environment

November 7, 2014 9:39 AM ET

Dear President Obama: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to express its deep concern about the recent killing, jailing, and harassment of journalists in Burma. During your upcoming visit to the country on November 11-12, we urge you to impress upon Burmese President Thein Sein that future U.S. engagement will be predicated on a renewed and genuine commitment to press freedom.

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Journalist killed in military custody in Burma

October 24, 2014 12:19 PM ET

Bangkok, October 24, 2014--Burma's army shot dead freelance reporter Aung Kyaw Naing while the journalist was in military custody, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the journalist's killing, the first in Burma since 2007....

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Journalist detained for nearly a month in Burma

October 22, 2014 11:01 AM ET

Bangkok, October 22, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Burmese authorities to immediately release a freelance journalist who has been in official custody for nearly a month after covering armed clashes between ethnic rebels and government forces in southeastern Burma....

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Five journalists sentenced to jail in Burma

October 17, 2014 3:00 PM ET

Bangkok, October 17, 2014--Three journalists and two publishers were sentenced on Thursday to two years in prison on anti-state charges in Burma, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns the harsh verdict and calls for their release on appeal....

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Burma's Irrawaddy threatened, hit by cyberattacks

October 3, 2014 11:57 AM ET

Bangkok, October 3, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns recent threats and cyberattacks against The Irrawaddy, an independent media group dedicated to Burma news and analysis....

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2014 International Press Freedom Awards

September 30, 2014 1:22 PM ET

Honoring courage and perseverance Awardees from Burma, Iran, Russia, and South Africa New York, September 30, 2014--Four journalists from Burma, Iran, Russia, and South Africa will be honored with the Committee to Protect Journalists' 2014 International Press Freedom Awards, an annual recognition of courageous reporting. These journalists have faced imprisonment,...

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In a growing clampdown, three editors detained in Burma

July 23, 2014 12:49 PM ET

Bangkok, July 23, 2014--Burmese authorities should drop national security-related charges brought against journalists and staff members of the Bi Mon Te Nay (Bi-Midday Sun) news journal, and release them from pre-trial detention immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Burma takes another step toward repressing its media

July 10, 2014 2:02 PM ET

New York, July 10, 2014--Donor countries should bring diplomatic pressure on Burma's government and reconsider their economic support for the country following Thursday's sentencing of four journalists of a magazine and the publication's chief executive to 10 years of hard labor in prison, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Burma deports Australian reporter covering protests

May 8, 2014 2:48 PM ET

New York, May 8, 2014--An Australian journalist covering protests in Burma was deported by authorities today, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the move....

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Amid rising repression, Burmese journalist given jail term

April 7, 2014 12:52 PM ET

Bangkok, April 7, 2014--A Burmese journalist was sentenced to one year in prison today on charges of "trespassing" and "disturbing an on-duty civil servant" while reporting a news story, according to local reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the verdict to be overturned on appeal. ...

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