RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index highlights increasing threat to media

Reporters Without Borders (RSF)’s latest World Press Freedom Index highlights the danger of a tipping point in the state of media freedom in many countries. Media freedom has retreated wherever the authoritarian strongman model has triumphed, according to a press release from the organisation. The obsession with surveillance and violations of the right to the confidentiality of sources have contributed to the continuing decline of many countries previously regarded as virtuous.

After months of controversy, “General Aung San Bridge” quietly opens

Under the cover of early morning darkness on April 27, authorities in Mon State affixed signs bearing the name General Aung San to the bridge and opened it to traffic, ending one chapter in a simmering dispute over ethnic rights in Myanmar (Burma). But even as authorities tried to put the controversy behind them, opponents promised to continue their fight.

Mon Group calls for international Response to Bridge Scandal in Open Letter

In an open letter addressed to foreign governments, leaders and scholars, the Committee of Public Movement for Thanlwin Bridge (Chaung Zone) called on the international community to pressure the National League for Democracy (NLD) government to respect the rights of minority ethnic groups. The letter was mailed to foreign embassies and emailed to other foreign bodies on April 24, days before the controversial bridge was opened, without ceremony, early on the morning of April 27.

China is raring to move ahead with the Kyauk Phyu SEZ

China is eager to get the Kyauk Phyu Special Economic Zone off the ground as soon possibly and is waiting only for Myanmar’s green light, an official from the Communist Party of China’s central committee told Rakhine State residents this week.

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