Myanmar morning news for September 6

Myanmar morning news for September 6

Myanmar morning newsWives Of Two Jailed Myanmar Journalists Shocked By Their 7 Year Sentences: My Hope Was Broken | TIME
The wives of two Myanmar reporters for the Reuters news agency sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment for possessing state secrets said Tuesday they were shocked by the court’s decision.
— Time

NCA-S EAO Ethnic Summit to be held on September 8
A summit of ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) which signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) with the government will reportedly be held on September 8.
— Mizzima

Accidents Decline on Myanmar’s ‘Death Highway’
Sixty people were killed and more than 570 others were injured in traffic accidents in eight months on the Yangon-Mandalay Expressway, according to the expressway traffic police force.
— The Irrawaddy

IFC Partners with UMFCCI to Improve Food Safety Practices in Myanmar, Bolster Agribusiness and Increase Export
“Myanmar’s agribusiness sector is keen to adopt world class food safety management systems,” said U Ye Min Aung, Vice President of UMFCCI.
— AEC News Today PR Newswire (media release)

Fierce fighting reported between RCSS and TNLA/SSPP
According to statements issued by Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), combined troops of Palaung State Liberation Front/Ta’ang National Liberation Army (PSLA/TNLA) and Shan State Progressive Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) fought fiercely with troops from the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) in Panglong and Pangkaing villages in Namtu Township.
— Mizzima

The Need to Improve Prison Reform
The recent launch of new standard operating procedures (SOPs) regulating prison health care by the Health and Sports Ministry is a step in the right direction toward improving dire prison conditions.
— The Irrawaddy

UK’s Hunt to host Myanmar talks at United Nations
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Tuesday he would host talks at the United Nations this month over allegations Myanmar’s military committed genocide against the Rohingya minority, warning the perpetrators must be brought to justice.
— Frontier Myanmar

Ethnic Armed Groups Meet in China With Myanmar Peace Commission
Representatives of ethnic armies based along the China-Myanmar border met briefly with Myanmar government peace negotiators on Wednesday in a get-together described as positive but yielding little in the way of specific proposals, a spokesman for one of the militias told RFA’s Myanmar Service.
— Radio Free Asia

Minister on a mission
Soe Win has been in his post for less than two months, but already there are significant signs that Myanmar’s new finance minister is ready to deliver on the government’s commitment to boost economic growth.
— Bangkok Post

Scenic Eclipse Helicopters Unveiled
Emerald Waterways’ seven Star Ships offer deluxe cruises in Europe, and the Mekong, while Scenic’s 15 Space Ships offer truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in the same destinations as well as the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar.
— Travel Pulse

Myanmar official says he ‘totally underestimated’ economic impact of Rohingya crisis
A Myanmar foreign investment official said on Wednesday (Sept 5) he “totally underestimated” the economic damage of the Rohingya crisis, adding that the outcry over the jailing of two Reuters reporters would also have some impact on his country’s reputation.
— The Straits Times

Conservation group brand Myanmar-Thailand highway a social and ecological disaster
COMMUNITY and conservation groups in Myanmar have branded a planned highway linking a port project to Thailand an “ecological and social disaster”, saying it would uproot indigenous people from their homes and farms.
— Business Times

Ruling against Reuters reporters a severe blow to Myanmar press freedom: CAJ president
The seven-year jail sentence handed down on two Reuters journalists in Myanmar on Monday is a big step backward for press freedom and a travesty of justice in the country, Thepchai Yong, president of the Confederation of ASEAN Journalists said Tuesday.
— ThaiPBS World

Artists give school libraries facelift
Some artists have a fever, muscle pain and headache, a common rainy season disease. They seem not to care and visit a middle school in Insein Township to paint murals on the walls of school library as they have planned ahead.
— Myanmar Times

As the West isolates Myanmar, some investors dig in for the long term
A full generation has grown up since the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) of Senior Gen. Saw Maung seized power on Sept. 18, 1988, putting a bloody end to a nationwide pro-democracy uprising that lasted some six weeks. An estimated 3,000 people died in the crackdown, which re-established direct military rule by a junta.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Rohingya protesters call for freedom for Reuters reporters in Myanmar
About 50 Rohingya Muslim refugees gathered in a muddy sports field in a camp in Bangladesh on Wednesday to protest against the conviction in Myanmar of two Reuters reporters, who were arrested while covering the plight of their community.
— Yahoo News

Yangon zoo to open elephant museum in Nov
An elephant museum will be opened soon at the Yangon Zoological Garden to raise awareness of the need to protect the animals and reduce the high demand for their body parts in local and foreign markets, the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) Myanmar has said.
— Myanmar Times

Rohingya face fear and persecution: UN
Myanmar’s minority Rohingya population faces a “climate of fear and persecution” as a year of unrelenting human rights abuses and forced expulsions continues by the country’s Beijing-backed military rulers.
— The Korea Times

Cardinal Bo condemns Myanmar military for brutality in Kachin
Myanmar’s military continues to persecute ethnic Kachin, the predominant Christian group in a conflict-torn part of the country, as well as Rohingya Muslims, said Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon, Myanmar.
— The Catholic Register

Myanmar media groups condemn Reuters journalists’ jailing
Nine Myanmar journalist networks issued a joint statement on Tuesday condemning the verdict of the two Reuters reporters and urging the government to do everything possible to achieve justice.
— ThaiPBS


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Maria Mirasol Rasonable graduated with a Bachelors Degree in journalism from Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Santa Mesa, Manila, Philippines.

She previously covered police rounds for Philippine Daily Inquirer as a trainee before becoming editorial staff at Gospel Komiks under the Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA-MG), Santa Mesa, Manila where she wrote lifestyle and trending fashion and styles articles.

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