All governments have the duty to protect the right to freedom of expression and information, all the more so if they are democratically elected. However, the decision to shut down internet access in nine townships in Rakhine and Chin States without any prior notice or
“We are very happy to see Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo freed after 18 months of imprisonment. This is a great day for them and their families. So many people in Myanmar and worldwide will be celebrating their release,” said FEM Director, Yin Yadanar
“Today’s decision to convict the Reuters journalists despite overwhelming evidence of their innocence is a travesty,” said Yin Yadanar Thein, Manager of Free Expression Myanmar. “The conviction shows the lengths to which the Myanmar state is willing to go to hide its wrongdoing. In the
Today’s decision by a Yangon court to charge two journalists, Ko Wa Lone and Ko Kyaw Soe Oo, deeply undermines the right to freedom of expression in Myanmar. “Almost every journalist in Myanmar self-censors on anything relating to Rakhine because of this Reuters case. Prosecuting
The statement is in regards to the violent dispersal of a peaceful anti-war protest at the weekend. The statement includes some key points: The police’s denial for a protest to happen shows that the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law is not a notification regime
The media risks many threats when trying to report about conflicts. Many areas are completely off-limits. “Fake news” and “hate speech” are the result of a lack of trustworthy information. The Center for Myanmar Media Development and FEM hosted a day-long conference on 30 March
Free expression, access to information and media freedom are one of the first casualties in every conflict, including in Myanmar. However, it is during conflicts that these rights are so important to defend. Without them, it is difficult to establish the truth about what is
FEM welcomes today’s publication of the final Rakhine Commission Report, led by Kofi Annan, and urges the Myanmar government to implement its recommendations on media, access to information and hate speech without delay. Media access FEM urges the government to implement without delay recommendations no.