Tag Archives: Burma

RFA Launches Portal for Myanmar Coverage

Myanmar opposition party leader Aung San Suu Kyi addresses an audience in Yangon, Myanmar at an August 2013 event commemorating the 25th anniversary of the student-led uprising in 1988, also known as 8888. (RFA Photo)

Marking the 8888 Uprising when student-led demonstrators called for democratic reform in Myanmar 26 years ago, Radio Free Asia takes a closer look at a country emerging from five decades of military junta rule. Through video, slideshows, and news reports, RFA examines the conflicts, challenges, Read more »

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VOA Burmese Chief Participates in USIP Myanmar Report

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VOA’s Than Lwin Htun and other well-known Burma specialists were on hand for the release of a U.S. Institute of Peace report on the developing media landscape in Burma. Lwin, the head of VOA’s Burmese Service, was a member of the assessment team for the Read more »

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Radio Free Asia Hosts Roundtable Event on Media in Myanmar

Digital technology is increasingly popular in Burma. Here young monks in training use a computer at a Buddhist monastery.

A packed house of NGOs, outside media organizations, and journalists attended an informative and insightful roundtable presentation at Radio Free Asia’s Washington, D.C. headquarters on September 12. “Myanmar at a Media Crossroads: A Roundtable on Journalism’s Challenges and Impact during a Nation’s Historic Transition” featured Read more »

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Burma President Questioned on Rights Issues at VOA Town Hall Event

Burmese President Thein Sein (left) at live VOA town hall event on May 19 in Washington with Burmese Service Chief Lwin Htun Than.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Burmese President Thein Sein defended his government’s record on human rights issues before a live studio audience at Voice of America Sunday, the first day of his visit to the United States. President Thein Sein, who is scheduled to meet with President Read more »

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RFA Report Examines Challenges, Potential for Openness and Modernization in Burma

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WASHINGTON, DC – International development in Burma should be tied to measurable technology progress that advances freedom of expression, a report issued today by Radio Free Asia’s Open Technology Fund (OTF) advises. “Internet Access and Openness: Myanmar 2012” evaluates Burma’s existing ICT environment in light Read more »

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Radio Free Asia President Responds to Reporters Without Borders’ Press Freedom Index

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Washington, D.C. – In response to the release of Reporters Without Borders’ 2013 World Press Freedom Index, Radio Free Asia’s President Libby Liu said the survey’s findings show little signs of improvement in Asia with the exception of Burma. “Once again, North Korea, China, Vietnam, Read more »

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In Burma, BBG Officials Meet With President Thein Sein, Aung San Suu Kyi

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On the heels of President Obama’s historic trip to Burma in November, and as a follow-up to BBG-wide technical advisory committee meetings, three BBG Governors went to Burma on a trip organized and accompanied by Radio Free Asia (RFA) President Libby Liu and joined by Read more »

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Agreement Signed to Put VOA Programs on Sky Net Satellite TV to Burma

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RANGOON, BURMA – Audiences in Burma will soon have a new way to watch Voice of America television programs following a breakthrough agreement between the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the U.S. government agency responsible for VOA, and Sky Net, a regional direct-to-home satellite provider. Read more »

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BBG, Gallup Issue Findings on Media Use in Burma

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The popularity of FM radio rose rapidly in Burma and radio continues to be the dominant source for news and information, according to new data issued by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and Gallup. The BBG, in partnership with Gallup, presented the findings today Read more »

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VOA Carries Aung San Suu Kyi Address in Burmese

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When Aung San Suu Kyi made her unprecedented address to the British Parliament Thursday, Voice of America was the only broadcaster to carry the full speech in Burmese. “Other Burmese language radio stations also covered the same news. But in presenting a translated version, the Read more »

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