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RAP AGAINST THE JUNTA – “You Will Be Held Accountable…”

By Conor Phelan* The government has restricted access to social media and the internet. On the 4th of February, popular social media sites Facebook, Facebook messenger and WhatsApp were blocked, followed quickly by Twitter and Instagram. The military appointed State Administration Council imposed nationwide internet blockades, regularly lasting from 1am to 9am, since February 15. The government’s attempt to supress…

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Kachin Congress Condemns 10-years of Burma Army Brutality – 800 Civilians Killed and 100,000 Displaced

The numbers of displaced Kachin villagers driven from their villages by the Burma Army is now estimated by community based organizations to be more than 100,000. To add to the difficulties of caring for the displaced villagers, Kachin community-based-organizations said they have had to deal with government policy and its military, blocking the delivery of humanitarian aid. A statement released…

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Hope Fades as Conflict Nightmare Haunts Repatriated Refugees

The political situation in Burma had offered some hope for the more than 90,000 refugees living in refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border to return to their homeland. Beginning in 2013, some refugees made the decision to return to Burma on their own, while others decided to go back through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) sponsored ‘Voluntary…

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Myanmar: If independent media dies, democracy dies

Journalists in Myanmar are being hunted and arrested by the country’s military for trying to do their job. Independent media outlets have been raided, licenses revoked and offices closed. To avoid arrest, independent journalists have gone into deep hiding, taken refuge in ethnic controlled regions or fled to neighboring countries. The military and its paid informers trawl through neighborhoods, coffee…

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EU Sanctions Karen Politician Who Joined Military Coup

Mahn Nyein Maung, a former member of the Karen National Union’s Central Executive Committee, a member of Burma’s State Administrative Council (SAC), is included in a recent targeted sanctions list imposed by European Union (EU) on the military regime and its two military conglomerates. The EU’s announcement, made on the 19th of April, named 10 military junta leaders in the…

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Myanmar: “I’m scared, but will not surrender…”

As a freelance photojournalist, Ng Maung has worked the frontlines of the protests since Myanmar’s military coup began on 1st February. Keeping low, behind flimsy barricades of wood, corrugated tin, tyres and bamboo, he photographed the hurts police and army inflicted on pro-democracy activists. Ng Maung told IFJ of the danger protestors and journalists are facing from heavily armed police…

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Thai University Joins Karen Calls for the Release of Activist Saw Lin Htet

Saw Lin Htet was arrested by Burma’s security forces on March 23, 2021 while travelling home from a community meeting with villagers. Saw Lin Htet, a Karen youth activist is based in Hpa-An and was involved in many community works in the area. Close friends said security forces arrested him when he was coming back from a meeting in Don…

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After the Smoke Clears, what will be Left of Media in Myanmar?

By Phil Thornton Freelance journalist Ko Wei Min* describes thick black smoke mushrooming over his home in Hlaing Tha Yar and reflects back to Sunday, March 14, when the “soldiers came in 20 trucks armed with machine guns.” The smoke that hung over Hlaing Tha Yar like a war zone came from Chinese-owned factories torched by unknown arsonists and resident…

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Journalists Arrested, Independent Media Shut Down in Myanmar

*By Phil Thornton Six of the many journalists detained since the beginning of Myanmar’s coup on February 1. Credit: Facebook Myanmar’s military has intensified its efforts to dismantle the country’s independent media and to block journalists’ ability to work. Media covering the country’s nationwide protests told IFJ, ‘legal’ restrictions, harassment, arrests and increased violence by the military is intended to…

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Myanmar’s Potential Solution Within

*By Saw Kapi By March 16, 2021, more than 180 citizens of Myanmar have been killed by the security forces and ten times the number remained in detention. The protests against the coup continue both during the days and nights as well. It has become quite obvious that “watching and worrying” strategy by the international community is obviously not working.…

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