BANGKOK (AP) – Myanmar’s military-controlled government is trying to crack down on media coverage of the seizure of power by media outlets as journalists and ordinary citizens seek to inform people inside and outside the country.
Authorities on Monday revoked the licenses of five local media outlets, which offered to cover protests extensively in an attempt to take back all such freedoms a decade after the country began to slow down toward democracy.
The government has detained dozens of journalists since the February 1 coup, including Thein Zaw of the Associated Press.
The markings come at a time when the armed forces are escalating violence against mass protests. Independent media reports still provide important information on arrests and shootings by troops in Myanmar. And they use other platforms to spread their reports, such as social media.
Here is a look at the situation of the LMs in Myanmar.
HOW THE GOVERNMENT PRESENTS NEWS
Five local media outlets – Mizzima, DVB, Khit Thit Media, Myanmar Now և 7Day News – were banned from broadcasting or providing any information on any media platform or technology after their licenses were revoked, state television MRTV reported. All five covered the protests extensively and often broadcast live videos. Myanmar Now, the independent news service, reported that police on Monday broke down the door of his office, confiscating computers, printers and parts of the newsroom’s data server. It cited anonymous witnesses and showed a photo of CCTV footage. But the office is said to have been evacuated in late January. The government has arrested dozens of journalists, including Thein Zaw of the Associated Press.
HOW DO THEY RESPOND TO THE MEDIA NEWS
Myanmar journalists are at risk of being killed or imprisoned for doing their job, and Swein, editor-in-chief of Myanmar Now, said the raid showed the government intended to show zero tolerance for press freedom. “The fact is that we will not stop covering the enormous crimes committed by the regime throughout the country,” he said. Mizzima, another private, independent local media outlet, posted a statement on its website stating that it “continues to fight the military coup for democracy and the restoration of human rights” using a variety of online multimedia platforms. Other outlets also reported protests on Tuesday. Some media outlets already have experience operating abroad.
What kind of media is still legal in Myanmar?
Apparently, Myanmar is returning to a situation where the officially punished media outlets are completely controlled by the state, as it was before August 2012. Even before the coup, Aung San Suu Kyi, under a military-dominated, quasi-civilian government, was arrested and prosecuted for reporting on sensitive topics, such as violence against the Rohingya Muslim ethnic minority. Reuters reporters Wa Lonen և Kiao Soo Oo were sentenced to seven years in prison but later pardoned for trying to investigate the massacre of Rohingya civilians. Myanmar Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom 2020 It ranks 180th in the index in 180 countries. Journalists have often been prosecuted for online defamation. The English-language Myanmar Times announced that it had suspended all publications for three months from February 21. The move came after many of its employees stopped complaining about the newspaper’s agreement to back down from the junta’s order not to use the word “coup”. military occupation. Another state-controlled newspaper, Myanmar’s New Global Light, is still being published. Other state-run media outlets include the Myanmar News Agency and the army-controlled Myawadi TV channel.
WHAT ABOUT LONG-TERM?
All reports will likely require the disconnection of all Internet satellite communications. In addition to the legal and human rights consequences, it will be a huge setback for the country’s economy. Myanmar’s business is heavily dependent on the Internet ներից digital platforms like Facebook, which have grown rapidly in recent years after decades of relative isolation by previous military governments. Until now, the junta has opted to cut off internet connections at night, blocking but not completely suspending such communications. As modern business relies heavily on the Internet for free communication and information, hostilities are doing more harm than good to the business environment that has already been devastated by the coup.