Oct 29 Protecting the Press in Myanmar (Burma)

The 2nd Annual Scallen Lecture in Human Rights
“Principled Voices": Protecting the Press in Myanmar (Burma)

October 29 | 4:30 - 6:00 pm
reception immediately following

Regis Center for Art - East, Influx Room
405 21st Avenue South | Minneapolis
  • Esther Htusan- Pulitzer-prize winning journalist based in Myanmar; Nieman Fellow for Journalism, Harvard University
  • Karin Deutsch Karlekar- Director, Free Expression at Risk Programs, PEN America
  • Eaint Thiri Thu- Film Producer; Fulbright Scholar (Master of Human Rights), University of Minnesota
Freedom of the press is under threat in Myanmar

The government's prosecution of Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, is seen as retribution for covering the killings of Rohingya people by government security forces.
  • What is the role of the press in Myanmar?
  • What are the conditions facing journalists who dare to cover human rights violations, including the atrocities committed against the Rohingya and other ethnic minorities?
  • What is the response of State Counselor and former Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Aung San Suu Kyi, in protecting the rights of free expression in these troubled times in Myanmar?
  • What should the international community do to promote human rights in Myanmar?
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