Protesters against sand mining on the Ayeyarwady River in Shwedaung Township, Bago Region on Jan. 16, 2019. Photo: Thuya Zaw

[Myanmar] Ayeyarwady river at risk from rampant sand mining

Since 2010, a construction boom in Myanmar has fueled a sharp increase in the extraction of sand from the Ayeyarwady that is then used in cement and asphalt. Environmental groups say this dredging is destabilizing the river and placing stress on the Ayeyarwady Delta, the country’s main rice producing region. Experts warn that the rate of sand mining in the Ayeyarwady has already reached an unsustainable level and is projected to increase as development continues.

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[Myanmar] Facebook ramps up ban on hate mongers’ accounts

Social media giant Facebook has banned four more groups, which it described as “dangerous organizations” based on their verified use of the platform to incite violence and attacks on civilians in Myanmar. 

The Arakan Army, Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army, Kachin Independence Army, and Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) were taken down Tuesday, 5 February 2019, and prevented from using Facebook’s services to “fuel tension on the ground.” 

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[Myanmar] Dismal state of free expression today’s reality under NLD-led gov’t

In its latest report on free speech, “Dashed Hopes: The Criminalization of Peaceful Expression in Myanmar,” the Human Rights Watch (HRW) outlined the current civic space for journalists and civil society in the country. While laws that criminalize free speech and defamation were enacted by previous administrations in Myanmar, the NLD government whose de facto leader is Aung San Suu Kyi, once known as the country’s icon of democracy, has made no progress in repealing or amending these laws, said the report released on 31 January 2019.

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01-09-18 - PHOTO:- Steve Tickner A right to information in support of free media and calling for the release of Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw soe Oo was held in Yangon today

[Myanmar] In Facebook’s reverse reality, journalists are called traitors

Social media posts about the jailed Reuters journalists shows that many users believe they betrayed the country because they reported unpalatable facts.

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[Myanmar] From street protests to online campaigns, support continues for jailed Reuters reporters

After the court meted out its decision on 3 September 2018 decision, with the two still behind bars while awaiting the court’s decision, defense lawyer U Khin Maung Zaw said: “Today’s verdict is very disappointing. It’s bad for our country. It’s bad for democracy. It’s bad for the rule of law. And it’s bad for freedom of expression.” Protests have escalated since the two Reuters reporters were found guilty of breaching the colonial-era Official Secrets Act by the Yangon Northern District court.

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[Myanmar] Indonesia’s Alliance of Journalists Condemns Jail Sentence of Reuters Reporters

The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Indonesia has condemned the seven-year jail sentence issued by a Myanmar court against two Reuters journalists Wa Lone (32) and Kyaw Soe Oo (28). The verdict is a serious threat to press freedom, a bad precedent and a major setback for Myanmar’s democracy.

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[Myanmar] SEAPA statement on the conviction and 7-year sentence of Reuters journalists

The Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) denounces in the strongest possible terms the conviction handed down today by a Myanmar court to Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, sentencing them to a seven-year jail term. The baseless conviction of the two brave journalists, using trumped-up evidence provided by police authorities, dealt a fatal blow to press freedom and democracy in Myanmar.

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