Stories about Myanmar (Burma)

Despite the release of detained Reuters reporters, free speech remains under threat in Myanmar

"...the case of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo is proof that journalists are in constant risk of political reprisal for keeping power in check."

Animated film explains how Myanmar's Telecommunications Law undermines free speech

"The law is frequently used by the powerful to silence dissent, and with more than 100 cases filed, its chilling effect on free expression is widespread."

After Facebook ban, Myanmar military accounts are moving to Russian social media site VKontakte

"...they are now spreading their hate freely on the site without any moderation."

Myanmar sentences Reuters journalists to 7 years in prison

The case has attracted outrage both internationally and inside Myanmar, with local activists and civil society organizations bravely speaking out against their arrest.

Netizen Report: It’s not just Myanmar — ethnic hate speech runs rampant on social media in Cameroon, India

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Facebook admits it has been slow in addressing hate speech in Myanmar

"The ethnic violence in Myanmar is horrific and we have been too slow to prevent misinformation and hate on Facebook."

Billions served? Human rights in the Facebook era

Tracking hate speech, harassment, and political censorship on the world’s largest social network

Netizen Report: Around the World, Activists Demand Answers From Facebook

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

#SayNOto66d: Documenting the Surge of Online Defamation Cases in Myanmar

The #SayNOto66d website documents online defamation cases in Myanmar while providing information tools to support the campaign to repeal the law.

Reuters Journalists Covering Rohingya Conflict in Myanmar Detained for ‘Illegally Acquiring Information’

"If Myanmar is serious about democratic reforms, it must accept the right of journalists to work freely and report on topics that make those in power uncomfortable."

Netizen Report: Online Supporters of Myanmar's Rohingya Face Censorship, Legal Threats

Salvadoran journalists face violent threats on social media, Japanese activists stomp on hateful tweets and Chile doubles down on data retention.

Violence in Northwest Myanmar Sparks an Information War Online with Anti-Rohingya Hate Speech and Fake Photos

Malicious propaganda, hate speech, and false photos are making it difficult to verify information coming from the conflict in northwest Myanmar.

Jailed for Journalism: A Profile of Detained Reporters in Myanmar

Since June 2017, five members of the media have been detained by the government.

Myanmar’s Challenging Media Landscape, in Cartoons

Cartoons published by The Irrawaddy over the course of four years— from 2014 to 2017—reflecting the media milestones and hardships experienced in Myanmar.

Netizen Report: Working in the Public Interest Can Get You Arrested

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Myanmar Military Cracks Down on Independent Media, Arrests Three Journalists

"It is absurd that security forces are using outdated laws to silence and punish journalists who have committed no crime," wrote the editor of The Irrawaddy.

Myanmar Activist Charged with Defamation for Livestreaming a Satirical Play about the Army

“I streamed it live so that my friends could watch it because my son participated in the drama. I did not intend to defame the military," the activist told reporters.

Myanmar Journalists Unite Against Online Defamation Law

"Many people believe that the previous government, run by ex-generals, created such a legal mechanism to be able to sue those who stood against their administration."

Facebook Bans Racist Word ‘Kalar’ in Myanmar, Triggers Collateral Censorship

"I made a post telling my friends [that] the word is banned. Ironically, my post was removed and I was banned from liking, posting, and sharing content for 24 hours."

Netizen Report: Social Media Users Arrested for Political Speech in Myanmar, Palestine, Turkey

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

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