In its 2014 World Press Freedom Index, Reporters Without Borders rates Myanmar higher than many of its Southeast Asian neighbors, a remarkable change in just a few short years. Click above to view video of a panel of experts discussing Myanmar’s press reforms from a regional perspective.
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YANGON (March 10, 2014) – U Ye Htut, Myanmar’s deputy minister of information and presidential spokesman, spoke to attendees of a landmark international media conference here on the evolution of the press in his country following ongoing political reforms.
“It is the media that empowers citizens to make informed decisions, required to achieve democratic reforms in our society,” he said. ...more...
YANGON (March 9, 2014) - In a speech given in conjunction with the East-West Center's International Media Conference on “Challenges of a Free Press” this week in Yangon, Myanmar, Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi today addressed press freedom issues in both emerging and developed democracies. Noting that a long journey lies ahead for her country, she said: "We would like our media to help us in this quest to lay the foundations for a society, for a nation, which is not just for us, today, but for generations to come." ...more...
The East-West Center has been awarded a three-year, $750,000 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to study land-cover and land-use change in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. EWC Senior Fellow Jefferson Fox, the project’s primary investigator, will work with scholars from six universities in SE Asia, the U.S. and Europe. ...more...
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