The Irrawaddy

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Myanmar must release the dozens of journalists in its jails in wake of military coup

Bangkok, April 29, 2021 — Myanmar’s military junta must immediately and unconditionally release all of the journalists detained since the country’s February 1 coup, and should stop using legal threats to harass and intimidate the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Preliminary investigations by CPJ found at least 40 journalists imprisoned as of…

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Myanmar military files criminal mutiny charges against The Irrawaddy, detains 2 journalists

Bangkok, March 19, 2021 – Myanmar’s military junta should drop all charges against The Irrawaddy news group, stop using legal threats to intimidate journalists covering ongoing anti-coup protests, and release all journalists in its custody, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On March 12, the military government charged The Irrawaddy, a privately owned newspaper, under Article…

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Irrawaddy editor Aung Zaw speaks to fears of a post-coup media crackdown in Myanmar

On February 1, Myanmar military overthrew the country’s democratically elected government and imposed a year of emergency rule until new elections are held and democracy restored. News reports have shown the coup has been met with spirited and widespread anti-military street protests, reportage the now-ruling military has tried to blackout through heavy handed measures including…

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Military representatives are seen in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on March 10, 2020. The Myanmar military is suing Ye Ni, Burmese-language editor of the independent news website The Irrawaddy, for criminal defamation. (AP/Aung Shine Oo)

Myanmar military sues Irrawaddy editor Ye Ni over Rakhine conflict report

Bangkok, March 17, 2020 — The Myanmar military should immediately drop its criminal defamation complaint against editor Ye Ni and stop using legal threats to stifle reporting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A market stall sells newspapers in Yangon, in June 2019. Journalists in Myanmar say their reporting is still met with legal action and censorship. (CPJ/Shawn Crispin)

From conflict zones to courtrooms, Myanmar’s journalists are under fire

Hopes for greater press freedom when Myanmar moved to quasi-democratic rule were quickly quashed with the jailing in 2017 of two Reuters reporters. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have their freedom again, but journalists and press freedom activists who met with CPJ’s Senior Southeast Asia Representative Shawn Crispin in Yangon in June said that…

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Soldiers are seen in the Ayeyarwaddy Delta region in Myanmar on February 2, 2018. The Myanmar military recently sued independent news outlet The Irrawaddy for defamation over its coverage. (Reuters/Lynn Bo Bo/Pool)

Myanmar military sues The Irrawaddy for criminal defamation over conflict coverage

Bangkok, April 25, 2019 — Myanmar’s military should drop its criminal defamation case against independent news outlet The Irrawaddy over its coverage of the conflict in the country’s Rakhine state, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A Myanmar border guard stands next to fencing near Maungdaw, Rakhine state, where structures to process Rohingya refugees are being built. Local and international journalists face challenges reporting on the crisis and other politically sensitive issues. (AFP/Cape Diamond)

Threats, arrests, and access denied as Myanmar backtracks on press freedom

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Esther Htusan is no longer safe to report from her home country, Myanmar. The Associated Press reporter fled the country late last year after being threatened for her critical reporting on various topics that authorities deem sensitive, from the ethnic Rohingya refugee exodus, the military’s controversial counterinsurgency operations in Rakhine State, to…

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Irrawaddy reporter Thein Zaw, seen in this undated picture, is detained with two other journalists in Myanmar's Shan state. (Steve Tickner)

Myanmar detains three journalists who reported on outlawed group

Washington D.C., June 27, 2017–Myanmar authorities should immediately release three journalists arrested in northern Shan state yesterday on accusations of unlawful association after they covered an event organized by an armed ethnic group that is banned by authorities, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A protester wears a T-shirt denouncing Myanmar's telecommunications law in January 2017. The law is used to stifle online criticism and reporting. (AFP/Ye Aung Thu)

Myanmar: One year under Suu Kyi, press freedom lags behind democratic progress

When Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and her long-persecuted National League for Democracy party won elected office in November 2015, bringing an end to nearly five decades of authoritarian military rule, many local journalists saw the democratic result as a de facto win for press freedom.

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Myanmar obstructs reporters from covering crisis in Rakhine State

Bangkok, November 3, 2016–Security officials in Myanmar should stop obstructing and harassing journalists attempting to report on the conflict in the country’s northern Rakhine State, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The censorship comes amid widespread allegations of military abuses, including allegations of sexual violence, perpetrated as part of an intensified counterinsurgency campaign along…

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