Aung San Suu Kyi’s broken promises

After the National League for Democracy’s election victory, Burmese journalists hoped that they would never again have to fear arrest or imprisonment for criticizing the government or the military. However, media freedom unfortunately does not have a place amongst the new government’s priorities. Journalists imprisoned under Thein Sein have been amnestied and the state of emergency law has been repealed, but self-censorship continues in connection to government officials and military officers. The authorities continue to exert pressure on the media and even intervene directly to get editorial policies changed. Widespread racist attitudes towards the Rohingya people restrict free and independent coverage of the humanitarian crisis in Arakan state.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



143 in 2016

Global score


45.48 in 2016

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    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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