Where free speech is threatened

By Rupert Abbott, Research Director for South East Asia at Amnesty International. @RupertBAbbott

In April this year, people in Myanmar picked up their newspapers and saw … nothing.

Front pages across the Southeast Asian nation were completely black, in a show of solidarity for a journalist that was simply doing his job. This week, as world leaders gather to meet their regional counterparts in Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw for two major summits, attendees should make a similarly firm statement about freedom of the press.

The darkened front pages — a remarkable move in a country where just a few years before, the military government imposed blanket controls on all media — were in response to the case of Zaw Pe, a journalist with the independent Democratic Voice of Burma who had been sentenced to one year in jail. His “crime” was to investigate corruption in his home town, a story the authorities apparently did not want to see the light of day.

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