Myanmar morning news for September 4

Myanmar morning news for September 4
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Myanmar morning newsReuter’s journalists jailed by Myanmar court for journalism (video)
A Myanmar court on Monday found two Reuters journalists guilty of breaching the country’s colonial-era Official Secrets Act and sentenced them each to seven years in prison.
— AEC NEWS Today (Video)

Myanmar army apologises for mistaken photos in book on Rohingya crisis
The Myanmar military issued a rare apology on Monday, acknowledging that two photographs it published in a book on the crisis over the Rohingya Muslim minority were “published incorrectly”.
— Channel NewsAsia

Myanmar journalists: UN calls for immediate release of jailed Reuters journalists
Days after taking on the job, new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet says she is “shocked” at the seven-year prison sentences handed down to two Reuters journalists in Myanmar, calling the trial a “travesty of justice” and urging their immediate release.

Taking timecards out of company premises not a crime: court
A case against two Myanmar migrant workers and a rights advocate was dropped after a court found they had only taken their time cards from their employer’s premises to substantiate claims of labour abuse.
— The Nation

Domestic rice prices hit record levels
According to data from the Myanmar Rice Federation and Myanmar Rice and Paddy Traders Association, a bag of Ayeyarwady Paw San rice had hit K52,000 in August, which is up by almost 60 percent since the start of the year.
— Myanmar Times

Press freedom group urges Suu Kyi to free Reuters reporters
Reporters Without Borders called Monday on Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi to free two Reuters journalists jailed for seven years in a case seen as a major blow for press freedom.
— The Nation

Mystery of ‘ghost ship’ found off the coast of Myanmar solved
Local fishermen discovered an empty ship, called Sam Ratulangi PB1600, 11 kilometres off the coast of Yangon.

Amnesty slams Myanmar court ruling against Reuters journalists
Amnesty International on Monday described as “appalling” a Myanmar court’s verdict which saw two Reuters journalists sentenced to seven years in jail for breaching the Official Secrets Act during an investigation into a massacre of Rohingya men.
— The Nation

Myanmar-Thailand Highway Branded ‘Ecological and Social 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.
— The Irrawaddy

Constitution-Making and Peace Process Stagnation in Myanmar: Will a conditional clause help restore confidence in the 21st Century Panglong Conference?
The national peace negotiation process in Myanmar is not working, and it is currently facing stagnation.

Over 400 schistosomiasis cases reported in Rakhine
World Health Organization experts joined local officials from the Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports on a field visit to check out a schistosomiasis outbreak, reporting 828 suspected patients and 428 patients diagnosed with the disease, as of 20 August, according to local media.
— Mizzima

NMSP chair wants to resign from UNFC and play a part as affiliate organization
The New Mon State Party (NMSP) wants to resign from the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) and participate only as an affiliate organization, its chair Nai Htaw Mon recently said to the Mon News Agency in an interview.

FDI forecast to hitUS$ 5 .8B in 2018-19
Myanmar is expected to draw foreign direct investments (FDI) totaling US$5.8 billion in the upcoming 2018-19 fiscal year beginning on October 1, said U Than Aung Kyaw, deputy director general of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA).
— Myanmar Times

Behind the ethnic cleansing, a textbook land grab
While the media spotlight on the Rohingya crisis has focused on religious persecution and ethnic cleansing, the strategic importance of Rakhine, the Muslim minority’s home state, has gone largely unnoticed.
— The Nation

Two NLD Lawmakers Dismissed from Executive Committee
Two outspoken lawmakers of the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) were purged from the executive committee of their concerned party township chapter.
— The Irrawaddy

5,000 tons of teak, hardwood to be transported from East Than-Lwin with NRPC’s permission
The Forest Department will officially transport 3,000 tons of teak and 2,000 tons of hardwood, which have been piled up in East Than Lwin, with permission from the National Reconciliation and Peace Center (NRPC), the district deputy director U Soe Moe said.

One Myanmar migrant dies in Thailand bus crash
One Myanmar migrant worker was killed and four others were injured when a bus in which they were riding overturned on a highway in Thailand’s Tak province, said an executive of the Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation (MOEAF)on Sunday.
— Myanmar Times

Seventy-five children and young people1 released by the Myanmar Armed Forces: UN
UNICEF says the Myanmar government has released 75 children and young people who were recruited and used by the Armed Forces (also known as ‘Tatmadaw’), according to a report on August 31.

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock – Speech at the Hertie School of Government, Berlin, 3 September 2018
So in the words of one of my OCHA colleagues in Myanmar, “We must guard against hopelessness.”
— ReliefWeb

Yoma to tap digital banking for growth
YOMA BANK, one of the largest private banks in Myanmar, plans to focus on providing digital products to millions of people in Myanmar , according to Hal Bosher, the bank’s chief executive officer.
— The Nation

UK’s Hunt to visit Myanmar, raise case of jailed Reuters journalists
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Monday he would visit Myanmar soon and would raise the case of two Reuters journalists jailed for their reporting of the Rohingya crisis.
— Yahoo News


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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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