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On 26 June, three reporters were detained by the military after covering a drug-burning ceremony organised by an ethnic armed group in northern Shan State. The three journalists — Lawi Weng from The Irrawaddy media outlet and Aye Nai and Pyae Phone Aung from the Democratic Voice of Burma — remain imprisoned and face “unlawful association” charges that could see them face three years behind bars.
This podcast looks at the situation of press freedom in Burma since the dark years of censorship, at the height of democracy uprisings in 1988 and 2007, and up until the current situation.
More than a year under the democratically elected National League for Democracy government, journalists and human rights defenders share their experiences and question whether press freedom has improved or backtracked in recent years.