Aung San Suu Kyi’s shocking betrayal
After the National League for Democracy’s first election victory under Aung San Suu Kyi’s leadership in 2012, Myanmar’s journalists hoped they would never again have to fear arrest or imprisonment for criticizing the government or military. However, media freedom is clearly not one of the priorities of the government headed by the “Lady of Yangon” that has ruled since 2016. Myanmar rose 20 places in the World Press Freedom Index from 2013 to 2017, but now the reverse is taking place. The biggest blow to press freedom has been the seven-year prison sentence that Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo received in September 2018 for trying to investigate the ethnic cleansing of Myanmar’s Rohingya minority by the security forces. This subject is completely off limits, to the point that even the term “Rohingya” is officially banned, which has forced some media outlets to stop operating in Myanmar. Journalists are still often prosecuted under article 66 (d) of the Telecommunications Act, which criminalizes online defamation and hampers investigative reporting. Dozens of journalists have been subjected to criminal prosecution in connection with their work since Aung San Suu Kyi took over.
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