About the Speakers
● Ms Thinzar Shunlei Yi, Advocacy Lead, Asian Youth Peace Network (AYPN); and Advocacy Coordinator, Action Committee for Democracy Development (ACDD)
● Mr Sein Win, Chief Editor, Mizzima Media; and Head, Myanmar Center for Investigative Journalism
● Mr Swe Win, Editor-in-Chief, Myanmar Now
About the Webinar
The National League for Democracy’s term in office over 2016 to 2020 has presented the media in Myanmar with several topics for comment and analysis. Some of these topics, such as the implications of various economic reform measures and the Rohingya issue, captured widespread attention domestically and internationally. News articles and reports on administrative issues at both central and state levels, civil-military relations over constitutional reform and the ongoing engagements between ethnic armed groups and the Tatmadaw also continued to provide topical context for dedicated Myanmar watchers. Reporting on the government’s performance has taken on a new significance in 2020, with the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on the country’s socio-economic health and the upcoming general elections on November 8.
This webinar will hear insider views on how mainstream and new media in Myanmar report on issues that are deemed important in the country’s transition. Panellists at this webinar will address the question of whether or how media reporting in an election year informs and influences voters’ views and attitudes, especially those of young (and first-time) voters. The webinar is a continuation of the ISEAS Myanmar Studies Programme’s discussions on media and its role in Myanmar.