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Myanmar’s media landscape five years on

Dear Friend,

I write to you today from Mizzima’s new headquarters on Pazungtaung Street in Yangon. It is an exciting time for Mizzima, but not only because of our new location. Today, we also celebrate the transition of our Myanmar language Daily News service from print copy to a digital format, as we embrace our drive as a pioneer of a new age of media for a new Myanmar.

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Suu Kyi poses under a portrait of her father, independence leader Aung San, at her family home in Yangon. Photo: Mizzima File
Archive photo of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi posing under a portrait of her father, independence leader Aung San, at her family home in Yangon. Photo: Mizzima File

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was given a heroine’s welcome at Natmauk in Magwe Region on February 13 for celebrations marking the birth in the town 100 years earlier of her father, General Aung San.

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Myanmar soldiers stand guard in front of the three statues of former Kings who founded the Myanmar Kingdom during the 68th Armed Forces Day in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, March 27, 2013. Photo: Nyein Chan Naing/EPA
Myanmar soldiers stand guard in front of the three statues of former Kings who founded the Myanmar Kingdom during the 68th Armed Forces Day in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, March 27, 2013. Photo: Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

Myanmar history is littered with stories about encroaching menaces from abroad. The three warrior Kings – Anawratha, Bayingnaung and Alaungpaya - who are honoured with gigantic statues in Nay Pyi Taw all saw their share of bloodshed.

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Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Friday January 16 wasn’t exactly a shining moment for the image of Buddhism in Myanmar. As the UN special rapporteur for human rights, Yanghee Lee, was wrapping up her second visit, prominent nationalist monk, the Venerable U Wirathu, unleashed a vitriolic attack in a speech in Yangon.

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Under the surface, what has changed? Myanmar soldiers participate in a ceremony to mark the 67th anniversary of Myanmar's Independence day in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, January 4, 2015. The Myanmar government held the Grand military review parade for the first time since 1962. Myanmar gained independence from Britain on January 4, 1948. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

The transition to a “discipline flourishing” democracy initiated by the former military regime in 2003 when then Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt unveiled its roadmap to democracy – that he has reportedly said privately was based on plans drafted in 1993 – is on the surface slowly bearing fruit.

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High-profile talks are the favourite pastime of the Myanmar political elite of late, but they don’t always yield impressive results.