Clampdowns and courage: The challenge for South Asia’s media

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People wearing masks symbolising the silencing of dissent, stage a demonstration to protest against the military coup, Yangon, Myanmar, 4 April 2021, Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Myanmar: “I’m scared, but will not surrender…”

Journalists in Myanmar have put their lives at risk to tell the stories of protesters, doctors, nurses and citizens impacted by the military coup, writes Phil Thornton.

People queue in front of Insein prison in Yangon, Myanmar, 12 April 2021, while they wait to visit inmates ahead of the long holiday stretch for the Myanmar New Year, STR/AFP via Getty Images

Myanmar junta now publishing lists of wanted journalists

The military took their crackdown to a new level on 4 April when they began publishing lists of journalists wanted for providing information about the pro-democracy protests, along with well-known figures wanted for publicly voicing support for the protests. At least 19 journalists have been named in the list.

Journalists report on the scene as Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli (C) arrives to attend the first meeting of the House of Representatives, in Kathmandu, Nepal, 7 March 2021, PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP via Getty Images

Nepal: Freedom Forum condemns harassment of journalists over critical reports about the prime minister

The home and office of journalist Babin Sharma were raided by security forces over a news report alleging a secret agreement involving Nepal’s prime minister and a foreign official. Several journalists were also harassed.