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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 […]

Dying Myanmar media face great challenges

More and more people realise that the Daw Aung San Suu Kyi-led government has no understanding or acceptance of local media and that protecting press freedom is not among the government’s priorities. “Press freedom went down under the civilian government, though we expected it would improve. This is because of the actions or inaction of […]

Promise and hurdles for foreign investment in Myanmar

Having keen observer and participant in the Myanmar’s transition since socio political changes commencing in 2011, it came as no surprise to those that know me, when I wrote a number of articles on the importance of sound Corporate Governance. As a serial entrepreneur, Myanmar represented a frontier market that was open for investment with […]

State-run news agency plans to start charging for news

Myanmar News Agency (MNA), a state-run news agency that is part of the Ministry of Information, is planning to sell news about the government, governmental departments and ministers to private news outlets. Myo Nyunt, chief reporter of MNA, told DVB that MNA’s content is currently free, but once the organisation transitions into a public service […]

Most Myanmar have hopes high for the future, survey finds

A public opinion survey which found that nearly 90 percent of those questioned believe Myanmar is heading in the right direction has also revealed serious concerns about low incomes, unemployment, a lack of aid for the farm sector and the quality of healthcare and education. The survey of 3,000 people, interviewed throughout the country from […]