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Myanmar ‘Has No Fourth Estate’, Mandalay Chief Minister Says of Media’s Role

MANDALAY—In an apparent snub to Myanmar’s media, the chief minister of Mandalay Region said on Friday that he only knew of three pillars of democracy—the legislature, the administrative branch and the judiciary—prompting criticism from the country’s media organizations. The news media are often collectively referred to as the “Fourth Estate” for their critical role in […]

Myanmar Times Co-Founder Ross Dunkley Jailed for 13 Years in Drugs Case

YANGON—After a trial lasting more than a year, Australian national Ross Dunkley, the co-founder of the Myanmar Times newspaper, and his compatriot John Mckenzie, a former IFC and World Bank adviser, were sentenced to 13 years in prison by a Yangon judge on Tuesday for violating Myanmar’s anti-narcotics law. The two foreigners were apprehended in […]

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 […]

Mandalay Advertising ups ante in digital age

U Kyaw Zay Ya, founder of media agency Mandalay Advertising in Yangon, is determined to adapt to changing customer demands in order to stay relevant. Driven by new digital technology and the internet, clients are demanding much more than just a simple advertisement on TV or in the newspaper. These days, advertising involves a new […]

China, Myanmar to sign MOU on Economic Corridor in 2018

China and Myanmar will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on building the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC), one of the highlight projects of the Belt and Road (B&R) initiative, according to reports by media in Myanmar. U Aung Naing Oo, Director General of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration of Myanmar, was recently […]

Mandalay modernises chamber in bid to draw investments

THE business chamber in Mandalay, Myanmar’s northern economic hub, is undertaking modernisation through a partnership programme with a regional chamber of commerce in Germany. The German IHK Reutlingen (Industrie und Handelskammer Reutlingen) is currently undertaking a three-year agreement with the Mandalay Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MRCCI) to restructure the latter and modernise its […]

Nay Pyi Taw needs to ensure investors aren’t misled over Rakhine crisis

Interview with Felix Chung, honorary chair of the Hong Kong Myanmar Manufacturers’ Association THE responsibility lies squarely with Nay Pyi Taw to ensure that foreign investors are not misled over the Rakhine crisis, according to a manufacturer association. The Myanmar Times sat down with Felix Chung, honorary chair of the Hong Kong Myanmar Manufacturers’ Association […]

What is the Future of the Media in Myanmar?

The media – once termed the “Fourth Estate” in society by British parliamentarian and philosopher Edmund Burke – plays a vital role in shaping democracy and open public discourse. Its role is particularly important in new democracies, as societies develop both economically and politically, with the people given the opportunity to think critically and vote […]

‘Tremendous opportunity for growth’ identified in the BIMSTEC region

Participants at a Yangon roundtable discussion today point to largely untapped opportunities for trade, communication and cultural exchange in a region of 2.5 billion souls. Parami Roundtable and Mizzima Media Group organised a roundtable on Myanmar and BIMSTEC to commemorate the celebration of 20 years of BIMSTEC. BIMSTEC, known as Bay of Bengal Initiative for […]

Economy More Important Than Democracy in Myanmar, Survey Says

YANGON — Myanmar people rated economic development as more important than democratic reform, according to a survey of Myanmar public opinion by the International Republican Institute (IRI) released on Tuesday. The survey questioned 3,000 people over the age of 18 across all states and regions between March 9 and April 1, 2017 on their views […]