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Media in Exile: Press Freedoms and Myanmar


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In February 2021, a military coup took place in Myanmar. In the months since, media freedoms have been increasingly eroded by the regime. Independent media outlets have had their licenses revoked, and journalists and citizens seen to be conducting any sort of news gathering activity are at risk of arrest and imprisonment. Mobile data and wifi services have been suspended, making it increasingly difficult for citizen journalists to utilise social media. As international media attention recedes, state violence, repression and coercion are no longer being reported on with the urgency they demand. 

To shed light on the media blackout’s impact, both in Myanmar and abroad, we’ll hear from author Michelle Aung Thin, editor-in-exile of Myanmar Now Swe Win, and award-winning foreign correspondent Peter Greste. Together with host Zoe Daniel, they’ll discuss the importance of a free press in resistance to oppressive regimes.

What role does independent media play in keeping the world updated on the political situation in Myanmar? How can we best support suppressed media organisations and individuals? And what is required to refocus international attention on the violence inflicted by Myanmar’s military junta?

Presented in partnership with Amnesty International and Free Media Myanmar


Swe Win

Swe Win is the editor-in-chief at Myanmar Now, an independent news agency that produces features and investigations in both Burmese and English. As a former seven-year political prisoner during the military regime, Swe Win has a deep understanding of the country’s troubled past and the need for d... Read more

Peter Greste

Professor Peter Greste is an Australian-born journalist, author, media freedom activist and academic. He is a founding member of the advocacy group, the Alliance for Journalists Freedom, and the UNESCO Chair in Journalism and Communication at the University of Queensland. He is also a regular contri... Read more

Michelle Aung Thin

Dr Michelle Aung Thin was born in Rangoon, Burma (now known as Yangon and Myanmar respectively) and grew up in Ottawa, Canada. A novelist and essayist, she is the author of The Monsoon Bride, (Text 2011) and Hasina (Allen & Unwin), published as Crossing the Farak River (Annick) in Canada and the... Read more

Zoe Daniel

Zoe Daniel is a three-time foreign correspondent, former ABC U.S. Bureau chief, Southeast Asia and Africa correspondent. Her book Greetings from Trumpland was released in March 2021. Zoe Daniel is an ABC journalist and presenter. She was the ABC’s South East Asia correspondent from 2009 to 2013 ... Read more

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