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Myanmar's journalists and democracy: Civic rights and freedom from fear
Burma is a land full of literary, artistic and cultured heritage based on 3,000 years of civilisation in Southeast Asia. Myanmar's twenty-first and early twenty-first century has been an immense burden on Myanmar's civil and political scene as consecutive dictatorial regimens - from the UK settlement to several army rulers - have tried to oversee it.
There were hopes that the democratic transformation that began around 2010 would at last free the press and allow for a strict and free open debate, but that has not yet been the case. During the current, largely non-military regime, journals and citizens' right wing leader were detained and bullied, and historic peace inter-municipal relationships were plundered for political ends.
Myanmar's historians, critics, journalists as well as written artists have been at the heart of the country's people. Between the 1948 reunification and the first executive army rule in 1958, the company had several hundred papers, periodicals and periodicals. However, consecutive army regimes suffocated all types of impartial medias for the next 50 years, letting the citizen only government-censored newscasts.
Notwithstanding the lifting of some of the last limitations on a free newspaper in 2016, many of the old customs of censure and repression still permeate the medium and the path back to a virtually free newspaper continues. Dominant elite in the current administration, fielding include Burmese National League for Democracy (NLD) raids and Burmese nationals, have shown little interest in and in many cases followed members of an autonomous newspaper.
The NLD leadership and Nobel Prize winner Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her handpicked chairman U Htin Kyaw did not advocate for a free media, and this embassy has made it into the governance structure. Over the last 150 out of the last 150 nights, there have been almost a week of reporting abuses, intimidations or arrests of reporters by the law enforcement and armed forces.
During the 1990s, exiles and democratic militants began setting up small, independents intelligence organisations from Indian and Thai migration centres. On the basis of information contraband from Myanmar, we have written for the BBC and VOA. Ten years of work have seen some gifted campaigners become full-time writers in exil, and the intelligence organisations they founded, such as the Irrawaddy, Mizzima and a variety of ethnical groups, continue to grow and eventually reach a wider audience with the proliferation of the web.
In 2003, many of these reporters came together to found Burma Newspapers International (BNI), a group of mostly ethnical information resources. These exiled intelligence organisations kept the pro-democracy movements committed and ingrained in the realities of living under army rule. They were considered by the administration as "elements of danger" to the state, a fact that has not been altered by the introduction of civil rule.
The NLD leader, himself arrested and molested between 1988 and 2008, has quickly abandoned his principle in seeking political compromise with the army. On the other side, reporters have no interest except to report about the history of Myanmar and the rest of the underworld. Authors, reporters and civil society intelligentsia have made an immense contribution to contemporary Myanmar.
A massive struggle for autonomy was based on the idea of the spiritual rulers of the lands that later formed the first non-military state. Similarly, since the 1960s, Myanmar has seen authors and reporters fighting for free speech and citizenship at great peril to themselves. Myanmar's authors and reporters have always stood up for the liberty of anxiety, free speech and civic freedoms for all regardless of racial or religious beliefs.
By 2015, Myanmar's communications have become so important that they truly represent a forth column of the state that is widely recognized both in the nation and among overseas landing stages. There is an enormous part played by journalists in a process of democratisation, and it cannot really be said that there is a democratically elected administration that greatly limits the use of the music.
Individual freedoms and citizens' freedoms can only flourish if they are kept up to date by an activist and discerning journalist. If the general population is not committed and uninformed, the state will not mirror its will, but that of the people in power. Myanmar's authorities have long tried to castrate the medias by force, but if the last half centuries of the story are an example, a free and sovereign medias cannot be removed.
During the struggle for freedom and freedom, performers, writers and philosophers have a stronger than arm.