Big stories such as the death of Ko Par Gyi and the jailing of the Unity Journalists understandably dominate the headlines; but using UNESCO’s ‘Media Development Indicators’, International Media Support hopes to take a wide angle lense of the media landscape in Myanmar.
Bridging cultures with free WiFi at Pansodan Scene
Finding an internet connection in Yangon is as easy as ordering a US$4 (K4000) cup of coffee in one of the city’s upscale hotels. Atmosphere and (relatively) quick WiFi are available in abundance, but for ordinary Myanmar and many expats, that’s too much to pay for the convenience of an easy connection.
|Photo: Matt Roebuck|
Upland breezes and the shade from Jacaranda trees festooned with vibrant purple blooms are among the sensory delights first noticed by travellers arriving Kalaw, a former hill station in Shan State.
|Photo: Nyain Thit Nyi/Mizzima|
Agnes, a French restaurant in the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, must be one of the most expensive dining options in Yangon. But does this upscale eatery serve fine food worth the elaborate bill it presents to customers at the end of a culinary evening?
Fighting sexual herassment in public transport
|Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima|
It happens regularly. A woman boards one of Yangon city's crowded buses to start her daily commute to work or school. A man stands behind her and all of a sudden she feels him pressing against her. She is too scared to tell him to stop and the man continues, despite being surrounded by many others on the overcrowded bus.
|Independent Yangon region MP Daw Nyo Nyo Thinn addresses the media. Photo: Min Min|
Defying the odds in a country where most high-ranking positions are held by men, more women are slowly climbing the ladder in government service. But their path remains strewn with obstacles and women say that powerful relationships are often necessary for success.
Luxury accommodation options for the well connected
|Photo: Yola Verbruggen|
When the military suddenly moved the seat of government to a malaria-infested area near Pyinmana in early 2006, the shift had implications for the top Yangon hotels that accommodated visiting foreign dignitaries.
How the Shwedagon donations are spent
|Women holding flower offerings while walking down Shwedagon’s central platform. Photo: Hong Sar|
Every year, hundreds of thousands of devotees climb the steps of the Shwedagon Pagoda. Carrying donations of all sorts, including money, jewellery and gold, the worshippers say their prayers under the stupa, topped by a ceremony vane embedded with diamonds and precious gems. More and more tourists are drawn by the golden glow of the magnificent pagoda, which dominates the Yangon skyline.
Keeping racers off the street
Heatwaves rise from the black top as a girl in short shorts, stillettos and her own black top drops a flag to the sound of revving engines. From its pole position an orange Lamborghini rolls over the start line and is followed by two Ferraris. The October 18 opening race of the 2014-15 season Myanmar Motor Sports Association ‘Open Class’, for high performance cars, is underway.