High-risk news coverage: Reporting the crackdown in Myanmar | The Listening Post

High-risk news coverage: Reporting the crackdown in Myanmar | The Listening Post

As military leaders ban independent media and arrest reporters, citizen journalists become an information lifeline in Myanmar.


Swe Win – Editor-in-chief, Myanmar Now

Aye Chan Naing – Chief editor, Democratic Voice of Burma

Wai Hnin Pwint Thon – The Burma Campaign UK

Wai Wai Nu – Human rights activist; founder, Women’s Peace Network

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  1. They really deserve it …. Aung San Suu deserves it ….they all kept silent when the army slaughtered the innocent people of Arakan yet, the so called democracy leader went to the interational criminal court to defend the military junta after they were accused of ethnic cleansing.

  2. The same thing happened in 2007! The Saffron Revolution (Burmese: ရွှေဝါရောင် တော်လှန်ရေ). If they want peace, it should be resolved long ago. Burmese people are used to it, Non-Burmese nosy!

    Both Aung San Suu Kyi and General Min Aung Lai stayed aside to observe China's attitude, hoping that China would use a sum of money to appease them. China will not satisfy their greed. "Street democracy fighters" are victims of brainwashing! I think Non-Myanmar commenters are like back-seat drivers.

  3. Myanmar is a strategically important location for China. Myanmar's location makes it easy to colonize other Southeast Asian countries, makes it easier for China to enter the Indian Ocean, and keeps India in check.

  4. karma is real..
    remember what you do to rohingya bro? if u wanna run to other country please don't go to Malaysia.. we already have half a million rohingya here because of your action..

  5. Hold on Myanmar! Don’t give up, this is how change starts. It’s your country, it’s your right for a democratic peaceful country. Let the people claim what is theirs. Human rights!

  6. china india and russia put policy in place, dont help myanmar. should know this and as same as last time myanmar people will blame someone for awhile later they will forget, and US will not go in to help as US is hypocrisy cuz they dont get benefit. this news just keep blame china with bias again. so this news is under US command as alway.

  7. Everytime I follow the Myanmar tragedy I have tears in my eyes,its a brave population that do so much for the right to have their story to be told in other countries,rest in peace those brave souls protesting who lost their lives for justice and peace,my heart goes out to you,bless your bravery.


    The Tatmadaw (Myanmar's military) has ruled since the 1960s when Gen. U Ne Win took power by coup. Its junta was dissolved in 2011 but the Tatmadaw secured for themselves1/4 of the seats in parliament and by owning multibillion worth businesses, corporations and holdings for international trade. They range from cigarettes, beers, tourism, telecoms, real estate, banking. They receive at least $450M/yr from foreign oil companies operating in the country. The coup leader Min Aung Hlaing's 2 adult children own 6 companies – (1) A&M Mahar Co. Ltd (2) Sky One Construction Co. (3) The Yangon Restaurant (4) The Yangon Gallery (5) Everlift Co. Ltd and (6) 7th Sense Co. Ltd. The US sanctioned these and "froze" the Tatmadaw account of $1B (which earns $4M a year from interest) that they attempted to move days after launching the coup due to the uprising.

    Hlaing was supposed to retire in 2016 but he extended his term for 5 more years. Because he knows the ruling pro-democracy party, NLD, has very strong support from the people, it is impossible for him to win the election. The NLD consistenly won by massive landslide of 82-86% .

    Hlaing needed to launch a coup to stay in power. Reviving the old authoritarian system will guarantee him power for as long as he wishes. And to keep power, he is now on a full campaign to destroy the NLD to eliminate opposition by charging Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint with election fraud and other unfounded and absurd charges. He timed the coup just days before the newly elected leaders were to be sworn in. Hlaing's junta unlawfully nullified the election results and appointed Myint Swe as his puppet acting president. The trials of the said duly elected leaders are done behind closed doors, hidden and kept from the public. Aung San Suu Kyi's lawyer is not allowed to see her in person.   

    Myanmar only enjoyed their semi-democracy for only 10 years from 2011, a nascent one but it allowed the impoverished country to enjoy some freedom,  improvement in standard of living, and a more liberal economy, though development is yet to reach the rural parts of the country.

    The Tatmadaw, who violently expelled the Rohingya also committed atrocities against the different Burmese ethnic groups for decades. Aung San Suu Kyi was placed in a very difficult situation of protecting their fragile democracy which they worked very hard to achieve at great risk since the 1980s. Because of what is going on now and why, it shows Hlaing has been on a gradual campaign to destroy the democratic government. He led the expulsion of the Rohingya, committing brutal and grave atrocities against them knowing it will be Aung San Suu Kyi who will take the fall for it and not him. Now, Hlaing and his henchmen (combined Tatmadaw and police force) are after other pro-democracy figures and supporters to eliminate resistance and any pursuit for democracy. One of Aung San Suu Kyi's advisor, Ko Ni, who was a brilliant lawyer, writer and constitution expert, was assassinated in 2017 for working on constitutional change. Last week, an NLD party official, was taken from his home in the wee hours, was beaten and laid dead at a military hospital by morning. Recently, duly elected officials and designated envoys that support the 22222 Spring Revolution of 2021 were slapped with high treason, which has a penalty of death. Other key pro-democracy and NLD figures are being targeted and hunted as well. The 2008 Constitution was formulated by the Tatmadaw.

    This is not the first uprising in Myanmar against the Tatmadaw. At least 10,000 were killed in the 8888 Revolution of 1988, Saffron Revolution of 2007 led by the Buddhist monks, and the current 22222 Spring Revolution. Many of their earlier freedom fighters were killed, tortured, jailed for years as political prisoners. Hlaing has ordered his henchmen to carry out crackdowns on peaceful protests with increasing violence, including the deployment of snipers, burning, looting, violent night raids and arrests. They are now undertaking community to community operations to quash dissent. As of March 18, at least 220 have been killed and more than 2,800 arrested and detained. To suppress news reporting, Hlaing ordered the cancellation of the licenses of private media outlets, arrest of journalists, and internet blackouts. In February, Hlaing ordered the release of 23,000 convicts to free up spaces for detaining those who will be arrested. As Myanmar has a young population, many of the protesters who were killed were young adults and teenagers. Aung San Suu Kyi and Win Myint remain under house arrest. It can be remembered that she was first placed under a long house arrest from 1989 to 2010.  Aung San Suu Kyi already had a family and a life in London but returned to Burma to take care of her ailing mother. She witnessed the 8888 Revolution violence against the protesters where thousands died. Her pro-democracy activism and political life began since.

    A parallel government has been set up by CRPH working together with colleagues, duly elected leaders and envoys to counter the Tatmadaw junta of Hlaing which has no legitimacy to power. The CRPH designated an Acting President to lead the country back to democracy and stability. The country saw for the first time tremendous courage,  unity and resolve of the people to restore democracy and bring down the illegitimate, repressive, authoritarian rule of Hlaing and his henchmen.

    Stand with us for justice and freedom for Myanmar!

  9. Would China try to sabotage its own BRI and rise? If not, who are behind (playing both sides)? Will the deep state (cia, nld, zionists) succeed in dividing Myanmar and Thailand into another N and S Korea? They already failed in Hong Kong.

  10. One of China’s major strategic goals in Myanmar is to gain access, through ports and pipelines, to the Indian Ocean, and thereby reduce dependence on the potential chokehold of the Strait of Malacca. “China’s interest in Myanmar is connectivity.

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