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The Role of Fake News in Politics, Stability and Elections

Legislation is being introduced across Southeast Asia to combat fake news in the name of preserving social harmony. In practice, however, it is too often used by long-sitting regimes as a tool to discredit political opponents ahead of critical events such as elections and referendums. As a result, democratic values like freedom of expression and […]

Tanintharyi Residents Call on Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi Address Corruption Concerns

Residents of a coastal town in southern Myanmar’s Tanintharyi region demanded Wednesday that State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi take action against their government over complaints about corruption and poor administration by removing the chief minister and the minister of planning and finance. During a three-day visit to the far-flung region, people at a gathering […]

Facebook, whatsapp target fake news for asia’s election season, but is it too little, too late?

Facebook and its subsidiary WhatsApp have promised to get tougher on “fake news” ahead of key elections in Asia, but critics question whether the new policies can stop viral disinformation from influencing the outcomes. Both companies have faced outrage over issues related to misuse and accountability, and this year’s polls could prove a crucial test […]

Myanmar Government pledges more cooperation with local and foreign media

  Myanmar kicked off the 5th conference on Myanmar media development in Yangon under the title of “Inclusive Independent Media In a New Democracy,” calling for responsibility and accountability in the media sector and pledges for cooperating with local and international media for the country’s media development. The remarks were made by Union Minister for […]

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi sends new MPs to parliament school

Aung San Suu Kyi is sending her newly-elected MPs on a crash course on Myanmar’s parliament as they prepare to take their seats for the first time early next year, her party said today. The veteran campaigner’s National League for Democracy party won a thunderous majority in landmark November polls that are set to tip […]

Myanmar Business Leaders Fear Election Will Slow Key Reforms

Myanmar’s ministers are trying to reassure foreign businesses that political uncertainty during the election period, which will probably last until March 2016, will not disrupt their investment plans there. So far, businesses remain unconvinced. Many key ministers have stepped down from their posts to contest the country’s November 8 election, which will be the most […]

Myanmar launches Thilawa industrial zone

THANLYIN, MYANMAR — Dignitaries from Myanmar and Japan on Wednesday launched the first phase of a huge industrial zone on the outskirts of Yangon, as the long-isolated nation pushes to rapidly accelerate its industrialisation. Housing everything from children’s toy manufacturing to a car assembly plant and a deep-sea port, the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) […]

Yangon to host voter education programmes this month

Programmes to educate voters in Yangon Region will commence in the middle of March under the guidance of election monitoring organisations. Local civic organisations in Yangon Region met for the first time on March 3 to discuss the implementation of the programmes in ten townships. “The authorities in Yangon Region and in 10 townships that […]

Ahead of Elections, Thilawa Pitched as Jobs Booster

YANGON — Officials hope that the soon-to-start “Special Economic Zone” at Thilawa near Myanmar’s commercial capital Yangon will underpin a jobs boom in time for the country’s 2015 elections. Building work at the 6,000-acre Thilawa SEZ will begin soon, according to Set Aung, deputy governor of Myanmar’s Central Bank. Set Aung told The Irrawaddy that […]