Two steps forward, one step back: A year of media reform in Burma
Recent articles in Myanmar (formerly Burma)

One year has passed but mobile internet networks are still restricted in nine townships in Myanmar’s Rakhine and Chin States. This unprecedented internet shutdown has adversely affected the lives of residents who are blocked from accessing vital information at a time when the world is facing the COVID-19 pandemic.

ARTICLE 19 warned that the proposed Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases Bill provides for criminal penalties for those who spread information about communicable diseases that could cause ‘public panic’ in Myanmar.

Various draft bills by government agencies all rely heavily on censorship and criminal penalties as a means of combatting ‘hate speech’.