Myanmar media outlets enter new era

After more than a year of civilian rule in Myanmar, the country’s media has started to emerge from a climate of fear and suppression. But as the country’s media sector grows rapidly, there are still challenges facing the industry in this newly opened nation now embracing modern times. “[The] Press Freedom Index’s ranking said that […]

MRTV Names 10 Companies Shortlisted for TV Licenses

​​ RANGOON — The Ministry of Information announced on Thursday that 10 companies have been named to a shortlist for television content provider licenses. Late in 2016, the ministry put out a call to local companies interested in becoming content providers. The selected companies will be licensed to broadcast digital free-to-air television under the umbrella […]

As tech spreads, Myanmar women become victims of ‘revenge porn’

Like many 20-year-olds in Myanmar, Ma Yadana Kyaw Thu* has had a Facebook account for several years to share her thoughts and photos, and to stay in touch with friends. But then, earlier this year, she started receiving disturbing phone calls from unknown men. After a while she realised someone had created a fake Facebook […]

Firm to bring big screens to small towns

Movie-loving Myanmar is suffering from a dearth of cinemas, which local firm MAZE is hoping to remedy. The company is kicking off a K20 billion two-year project to build 100 theatres across different states and regions. There were more than 400 cinemas nationwide in the early 1980s, but by the 2010s this had dropped to […]