On October 1, just hours after the Myanmar government ousted the media, leaders of the Mizzima media group held an emergency meeting in Yangon.
Major journalists in the room had begun making plans for the restoration a few days earlier, when rumors of an impending tour were spreading.
When the army has seized power, it was clear that Min Aung Hlaing’s administration had seized Mizzima’s license and banned his television identification and that his journalists had been forced into secrecy.
“You will probably go to Mizzima, fight one war and risk your life for at least two years, otherwise you will not work for us,” Soe Myint, editor-in-chief, told colleagues.
Within a week, many had evacuated their offices and homes and were scattered to find refuge in Yangon and other cities. Recently, some have moved to other parts of the country controlled by armed groups who have been fighting for a long time and are supporting the rights activists in the towns who are protesting the protest. By the time the military seized Mizzima’s headquarters on March 9, no one was left behind.
The company has about 80 employees, freelancers and volunteers who are hiding, in tribal areas, or in India and Thailand. The group recently published a clip for its journalists repairing laptops in a forest tent and reading and broadcasting on television from unknown locations in Myanmar.
“This is our vision for the next two years,” Soe Myint told the Financial Times. “We can’t rely on just one component, and we can’t stop the process for our own safety or for any reason.”
The company’s flight to city shelters and terrorist suspicions takes place in other media, as journalists in the country are forced to report. riots after the coup under extreme pressure.
The reshuffle is also a sure sign for Myanmar protesters to support the so-called spring against the junta, as well as the ongoing cooperation between Burmese freedom fighters and rebel groups in Kachin, Karen and a few others.
Soe Myint confirmed that Mizzima was working in two countries, which he declined to name. Court in Manipur India India this week he was given a holy place to two retail journalists.
The junta has arrested several journalists, including the Associated Press and the BBC. Officials last week also criticized a Japanese journalist for publishing false news.
More than 40 journalists have been arrested, according to Press Protection Committee. The military has also taken steps to eliminate independent journalists, the announcement said ban on Video Recipient and order Myitkyina News Journal, a shopping center in Kachin, to close.
Militants have fired shots at police, and police have repeatedly searched the phones of journalists and activists during searches or arrests. Journalists admit that their ability to work has been compromised.
Swe Win, editor-in-chief of Myanmar Now, another page that has been ordered to be closed by the junta, said this week at a press conference organized by Vice, that “a significant amount of preliminary reports have been eliminated since the government formed the government”. He also said that the country was about to become a “sovereign state” like North Korea.
“They will shut down all independent and private media within Burma,” Thar Lun Zaung Htet, editor of Khit Thit Media, told FT. “We need help and support.”
Khit Thit Media was established in 2018 and was again threatened by the military under the leadership of Aung San Suu Kyi, which was condemned worldwide. Criticism of the press and critics.
The Khit Thit site was he knocks on the door Shortly after the reinstatement of cybercriminals the company criticized the military. Thar Lun Zaung Htet is in Thailand and eight of his journalists inside Myanmar are hiding to avoid arrest.
For Myanmar media outlets, secret coverage or exodus brings the impression that they originated, as some began in Thailand or neighboring countries while the previous military regimes ruled the country from 1962 to 2011. Then, as of now, they set up cell- as organizations. Myanmar and foreign nationals, sharing information with friends only to avoid the authorities.
Soe Myint founded Mizzima in New Delhi in 1998, working in India and Chiang Mai, Thailand in her early years. He was one of the first media groups to return to Myanmar in 2011 when the democratic transition began.
The group has confirmed their return from the forest. Before dinner, Mizzima’s reporters memorize four promises, including the promise to “remember the donations” of prison inmates, and say: “See you again in Yangon.”
Additional reports of Eli Meixler in Hong Kong and Than Win Htut in Thailand