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Human Rights Program Presents

Principled Voices: Protecting the Press in Myanmar (Burma)

10/29/18, 4:30 PM

About this event

2nd Annual Scallen Lecture in Human Rights

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 (Burma)?

Featuring Esther Htusan, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist based in Myanmar; Nieman Fellow for Journalism, Harvard University; Karin Deutsch Karlekar, Director of PEN America's Free Expression at Risk Programs; Eaint Thiri Thu, Fixer, film producer, and researcher; Fulbright Scholar, Master of Human Rights, University of Minnesota.

Original artwork by Eaint Thiri Thu : Thu asked the question, “In one word or in one sentence, how would you describe the current Myanmar media situation?” The people who responded are journalists, poets, filmmakers, photographers, activists, ex-political prisoners, and writers. Twenty-two quotes are represented in this original drawing.

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Event Location
  • Regis Center for Art - East, Influx Auditorium E110
  • 405 21st Ave S
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA - United States