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Stories about Myanmar (Burma)

Myanmar's election commission censors speeches of political parties in run-up to election

"This censorship seems like something the dictatorship did. They shouldn’t mess with the party’s tone. Shouldn’t there be freedom of expression?"

Website exposing military corruption blocked in Myanmar

"It shows the increased intolerance by the government on freedom of expression and that they are trying to cover up the crimes and corruption of the military."

Myanmar activist poet convicted for protesting against internet shutdown

The protest featured the unfurling of a banner that read: “Is the internet being shut down to hide war crimes and killing people?”

Devastated hilltop in Myanmar’s jade mining region remains home for scores of families despite danger

Despite the danger of further landslides, 77 families remain, saying they cannot afford to relocate.

Moderate globally, impact locally: A series on content moderation in the Global South

''Even as the platforms have grown and spread around the world, the center of gravity of these debates continues to revolve around D.C. and San Francisco.''

Out of work, out of options: Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand scrape by during COVID-19

"Since my workplace was closed, I don’t have much money left, I don’t know where to find work. I live in a construction camp with my 4-year-old son."

Activists demand end to year-long internet disruption in Myanmar's Rakhine and Chin States

In the middle of a global pandemic, access to information is even more critical than usual.

These officials flouted lockdown rules in Myanmar, Malaysia, and the Philippines

From "pagoda renovations" to "mananitas", the region's politicians are finding a language to bypass harsh lockdowns.

Photo contest asks Rohingya community to document their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic

A photography competition for Rohingya people is being held from April 23 – August 23, 2020, featuring two broad categories – “Rohingya life” and “Response to Coronavirus” and entries can...

To fight COVID-19 in Myanmar, a call to end the war and internet shutdown in Arakan region

"During the global pandemic, we need to stop the war and internet shutdown to fight COVID-19 in Rakhine."

Fighting the COVID-19 ‘Infodemic’ in the Asia-Pacific

EngageMedia lists some of the media initiatives addressing the COVID-19 "Infodemic' across the Asia-Pacific region

Blocked websites, internet shutdown, and media arrests undermine free speech in Myanmar

Activist and human rights groups are worried that free speech is being undermined in the name of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Combating ‘fake news’ in the time of COVID-19 in Myanmar

"Thousands of social media users made a group and a network to serve as watchdogs for fake news on social media."

For Rohingya refugees, ID systems have brought coercion, violence and denial of ethnic identity

"They told us they would withhold rations and that we couldn’t stay in the camps. So we had no choice."

The world of satire in Myanmar's comical profiles Facebook group

Facebook's community standards encourage users to use real identities on its platform, but a popular trend in Myanmar is likely baffling the social networking site.

From Cox's Bazar to Yangon, poets show solidarity with Rohingya minority in Myanmar

"Myanmar’s oppression dispersed our ethnic minorities, now our poetries bring us together."

Facebook apologizes for translating Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s name as ‘Mr. Shithole’

"And the president of China, Mr. Shithole, signed a guest record of the house of representatives."

Longest internet disruption in Myanmar’s Rakhine state sets dangerous precedent

"There has been no evidence that the disproportionate decision has had any positive effect on reducing the conflict, which remains pervasive."

How China's Belt and Road Initiative is affecting Shan communities in north Myanmar

"The majority of the people are worried about losing their homes, farmlands and water resources. Some people voiced concerns about losing natural resources and heritage places."

Gambian minister brought Myanmar to The Hague ‘in the name of humanity’

"...No one put pressure on President Jammeh to stop his atrocities. ... We don't want others to feel our pain or our fate," said The Gambia's Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou.

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