Myanmar	Media	in	Transition:	Legacies,	Challenges	and	Change

Myanmar Media in Transition: Legacies, Challenges and Change

by Lisa Brooten

Myanmar Media in Transition: Legacies, Challenges and Change is the first volume to overview the country’s contemporary media landscape, providing a critical assessment of the sector during the complex and controversial political transition. Moving beyond the focus on journalism and freedom of the press that characterizes many media-focused volumes, Myanmar Media in Transition also explores developments in fiction, filmmaking, social movement media and social media. Documenting changes from both academic and practitioner perspectives, the twenty-one chapters reinforce the volume’s theoretical arguments by providing on-the-ground, factual and experiential data intended to open useful dialogue between key stakeholders in the media, government and civil society sectors. Providing an overview of media studies in the country, Myanmar Media in Transition addresses current challenges, such as the use of social media in spreading hate speech and the shifting boundaries of free expression, by placing them within Myanmar’s broader historic social, political and economic context.

“Myanmar Media in Transition: Legacies, Challenges and Change is the first and most comprehensive study of the role of media in contemporary Myanmar from a range of perspectives, including scholars, practitioners, journalists, artists, and activists. This edited book is easily accessible, illuminating and timely. This is a welcome addition and a great contribution to Myanmar studies. I highly recommend it.”
Ardeth Maung Thawnghmung
Professor and Chair
University of Massachusetts Lowell
“A unique and urgent collection of essays that captures the menacing Zeitgeist of Myanmar’s embattled media. Fusing foreign academic analysis and Myanmar media practitioner experiences, this book will stand as the seminal study of press freedoms of the past and present for many years to come.”
David Scott Mathieson
Independent Myanmar Analyst and Author
“This volume of academic essays and practitioner reflections provides a nuanced understanding of Myanmar media in the post-2010 semi-democratic era. Vested interests, vaguely defined laws, and societal norms all constrain media actors, but many have also found ways to address critical issues and offer audiences new perspectives. This book will be of great relevance to all who are interested in Myanmar, media studies, and societies in transition.”
Christina Fink
Professor of Practice of International Affairs
The Elliott School of International Affairs
The George Washington University

"This book sheds light on how a military-orchestrated democratic transition in Myanmar brought forth only the mere impression of press freedom in the country.”
Swe Win
Chief Editor, Myanmar Now

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Preliminary pages
1. Introduction: Myanmar Media Historically and the Challenges of Transition
2. Legal Changes for Media and Expression: New Reforms, Old Controls
3. Whispered Support: Two Decades of International Aid for Independent Journalism and Free Expression
4. The Changing Face of Print Media: An Interview with News Veteran Thiha Saw
5. Privacy Risks in Myanmar’s Emerging ICT Sector
6. Silencing a Snakehead Fish: A Case Study in Local Media, Rural-Based Activism, and Defamation Litigation in Southern Myanmar
7. Precarity and Risk in Myanmar’s Media: A Longitudinal Analysis of Natural Disaster Coverage by The Irrawaddy
8. Educating a New Generation of Watchdogs: Interview with Ye Naing Moe, Director of the Yangon and Mandalay Journalism Schools
9. The Metamorphosis of Media in Myanmar’s Ethnic States
10. Covering Rakhine: Journalism, Conflict and Identity
11. Media in Myanmar: Laws, Military and the Public
12. Cracking the Glass Ceiling in Myanmar Media
13. Media and the 2015 General Elections
14. Myanmar’s Pop Music Industry in Transition
15. New Video Generation: The Myanmar Motion Picture Industry in 2017
16. Films for Dignity
17. A “Fierce” Fear: Literature and Loathing after the Junta
18. The Tea Shop Meets the 8 O’clock News: Facebook, Convergence and Online Public Spaces
19. From Blogging to Digital Rights: Telecommunications Reform in Myanmar
20. Counter-Narratives: Myanmar’s Digital Media Activists
Epilogue: Media Studies in Myanmar – Where Do We Go from Here?, by Lisa Brooten, Jane Madlyn McElhone and Gayathry Venkiteswaran

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  • Number of Pages : 407
  • Publisher : ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
  • Weight : 554g
  • Product Code : 9789814843096
  • Dimension : 152 x 229 mm

About Author

Lisa Brooten

Lisa Brooten is Associate Professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, a Fulbright scholar and a member of the roster of Fulbright specialists for Myanmar, Thailand and the Philippines.