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Winner of Sigma Delta Chi Awards - Society of Professional Journalists for Foreign Correspondence

The Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism. Judges chose the winners from entries in categories covering print, radio, television and online. The awards recognize outstanding work published or broadcast in 2021. Dating back to 1932, the awards originally honored six individuals for contributions to journalism. The current program began in 1939, when the Society granted the first Distinguished

Reporting during the world’s longest internet shutdown and the post-military coup in Burma | Council On Southeast Asia Studies at Yale

In this event, journalist Kyaw Hsan Hlaing will share his first hand experiences in reporting and human rights activism during the last two years of NLD’s term, gained while covering the civil war between the Arakan Army, an ethnic armed group, and the Burma military under the world’s longest internet shutdown, imposed by the civilian government in his native state. Since the military coup on 1st February last year, his firsthand reporting also offers a window in public protests, the civil disob.....

CSEAS Seminar: "Reporting during the world's longest internet shutdown and the post-military coup in Burma"

For over 70 years, Burma has been struggling between Autocracy and Democracy and fighting in both non-violent and violent ways for democracy, equality, and greater autonomy for the ethnic states. After a recent period of hopefulness, the military overthrew Aung San Su Kyi’s NLD government on 1st February 2021. Since the coup, the country has been in political turmoil. Nationwide protests broke out, followed by a deadly crackdown by the junta which killed over 1700 people. In this event, journalist Kyaw Hsan Hlaing will share his first-hand experiences in reporting and human rights activism during the last two years of NLD’s term, gained while covering the civil war between the Arakan Army, an ethnic armed group, and the Burma military under the world’s longest internet shutdown, imposed by the civilian government in his native state. Since the military coup on 1st February last year, his firsthand reporting also offers a window in public protests, the civil disobedience movement, and human rights violations. The conversation will discuss how Burma’s unarmed civilians are being targeted, and journalists’ lives are being put in danger.

Myanmar Journalist Persists, Despite Death Threats

“As long as I am alive, I will work and keep going” YANGON, May 3, 2021) – Four months after the coup, the Myanmar junta continues its bloody crackdown on anti-coup protesters, politicians, and media, with nearly 800 people killed and more than 3,000 arrested. In an effort to suppress information of ongoing human rights violations, the military junta shut down the internet and banned local media outlets from broadcasting coverage on mass protests and deadly attacks. On the ground, the Myanmar s

The Myanmar Military is Trying to Divide and Terrorize the People. We Must Resist.

Since seizing power on February 1, Myanmar’s military has inflicted terror across the country. As a youth, seeing my country fall under military rule is not only psychologically disturbing, but crushing when I consider the potential impact on my future and that of my generation. Military and police forces have shot dead more than 200 people as of March 16. Soldiers are firing teargas, water cannon, and slingshots at protesters and beating people up, while some have been tortured. At night, they

Covering the Coup: A Myanmar Journalist Reports

Chronicling events on the ground in Yangon, Arakanese freelance journalist Kyaw Hsan Hlaing documents an increasingly perilous situation for journalists in the wake of the military coup. When my roommate woke me early on 1 February with the news that the Myanmar military had staged a coup, I knew that as a freelance journalist focused on human rights I could become a target. I deactivated my Facebook account and requested the editor at an international news agency delete my byline from some se

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