Aung San Suu Kyi’s broken promises

After the National League for Democracy’s election victory, Myanmar’s journalists hoped they would never again have to fear arrest or imprisonment for criticizing the government or the military. However, media freedom is clearly not one of Aung San Suu Kyi government’s priorities. Around 20 journalists were prosecuted in 2017, many of them under article 66 (d) of the Telecommunications Act, which criminalizes online defamation. Self-censorship is the rule with any story that might upset the authorities, especially the military. The situation of journalists became critical after the military intervened in Rakhine State, in northwestern Myanmar, in August 2017, triggering an exodus of around 700,000 Rohingya refugees to neighboring Bangladesh. The northern part of the state has become a news and information black hole and journalists who try to investigate what is going on there end up in prison. The media are also prevented from covering conflicts involving the Shan and Kachin minorities in northeastern Myanmar.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



131 in 2017

Global score


41.82 in 2017

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    journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2019
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