Myanmar Morning News For July 10

Myanmar Morning News For July 10
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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar Reuters Journalists Sent to Trial (HD video)
Two Reuters journalists who were arrested by Myanmar authorities and accused of being in possession of official documents related to unrest in Rakhine state were today, July 9, charged under Myanmar’s 1923 Official Secrets Act (OSA), a charge generally reserved for spies.
— AEC News Today (video)

Tragic turn of the screw for jailed Reuters journalists as case goes to trial
Myanmar Judge Ye Lwin has decided to proceed to trial with charges against two Reuters journalists accused of violating Myanmar’s colonial-era Official Secrets Act in their coverage of the Rakhine crisis.
— Mizzima

Myanmar charges Reuters reporters under Official Secrets Act
Court charges two jailed Reuters journalists for obtaining secret state documents, moving case into its trial stage.
— Aljazeera

Yangon University authorities quash July 7 poster campaign
A poster campaign aimed at commemorating the violent suppression of a student movement by the military at Yangon University on July 7, 1962, has been prohibited by university authorities.
— Myanmar Times

Farmers in Tanintharyi stage protest against Shwe Kanbawza oil-palm company
More than 200 farmers from six villages in Tanintharyi Township, Myeik District, Tanintharyi Region, on Sunday morning staged a protest march urging authorities and Shwe Kanbawza oil-palm company to give back confiscated lands in Yay Phyu Village.
— Mizzima

Reuters case puts Myanmar at “a fork in the road”
MYANMAR’S rule of law is hanging in the balance today as a court is expected to hand down a decision as to whether the charges involving the two Reuters journalists will be dismissed.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar has 1,666 licensed hotels with over 66,900 rooms
The whole country had 1,666 licensed hotels with 66,913 rooms up to June this year, and the number of hotels has increased by over 510 over the past three years, according to figures released by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
— Eleven Myanmar

As Arctic warms, reindeer herders tangle with new industries
When he’s not out on the Arctic tundra with his 2,000 reindeer, his dog and Whitney Houston blasting through his headphones, Nils Mathis Sara is often busy explaining to people how a planned copper mine threatens his livelihood.
— Reuters Myanmar

FMI Group to move forward after record revenue in FY2018
FIRST Myanmar Investment Group (FMI), one of the five companies listed on the Yangon Stock Exchange, says it will keep investing in four key sectors – financial services, healthcare, real estate and tourism – after posting record-high revenue for fiscal year 2018.
— Eleven Myanmar

Fuel oil imports up during mini-budget period
During two-and a-half-month mini-budget period, Myanmar imported 803,941 tonnes of fuel oil, up nearly 90,000 tonnes worth US$ 255.780 million compared with the same period last year, said Khin Maung Lwin, assistant permanent secretary of the Commerce Ministry.
— Eleven Myanmar

‘We want peace’: A Rohingya family’s 40 years of suffering
Rohingya refugees tell of decades of persecution and horrors suffered at the hands of Myanmar security forces.
— Aljazeera

Education providers unite to meet rising demand
PSB Academy, a private education institution, and Yangon’s Chindwin College, last Friday announced the launch of their Yangon joint venture, Chindwin-PSB Institute.
— Myanmar Times

Non-formal education programme extended to 5 border camps
The Non-Formal Primary Education (NFPE) programme will be extended this academic year to five camps in Mae Sot on the Thai-Myanmar border, according to the project’s manager.
— Myanmar Times


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Thailand editor at AEC News Today

John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010, and 2014 Bangkok political protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

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