Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi goes on trial

Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has gone on trial at the notorious Insein prison in Rangoon following breaking the conditions of her nineteen year house arrest. Many observers see the charges as a pretext to ensure Ms Suu Kyi is in jail during next year’s elections. Read more here

Burma: joined-up reporting

Fergal Keane

Recently returned from Rangoon, Fergal Keane reflects on how new and old media worked together, allowing brave dissidents to break the Burmese junta’s censorship

This is the story of how new and old media combined to beat the censors in Burma, a narrative of how cyberspace, along with one of the BBC’s most venerable outlets and some old fashioned undercover work challenged a repressive regime’s attempts to destroy independent journalism. Since then there has been a crackdown and the “bamboo curtain” has been lowered once again. But not for long I believe.