Myanmar	Media	in	Transition:	Legacies,	Challenges	and	Change	(A	“Fierce”	Fear:	Literature	and	Loathing	after	the	Junta)

Myanmar Media in Transition: Legacies, Challenges and Change (A “Fierce” Fear: Literature and Loathing after the Junta)

by Ma Thida

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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  • Publisher : ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute
  • Product Code : 9789814843409C17

About Author

Ma Thida

Ma Thida is an award-winning writer and free expression advocate. She was the founding president of the PEN Myanmar Centre (2013-16) and is currently the coordinator of its Writers in Prison programme.