Joseph Barratt
Sep 7, 2018

Why we should all care about the decline of press freedom

The backslide in press freedom that we are seeing across the region has broad consequences. And as marketing and communication professionals, you should care about it.

L-R: Journalists Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone after their sentencing in Yangon on 3 September. (Photo: Ye Aung THU / AFP)

On Monday, two Reuters journalistsWa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oowere found guilty of breaching a law on state secrets in Myanmar and have been jailed for seven years. The landmark case not only questions the Southeast Asian country’s progress’ towards democracy, but shines a light on the abuse of power that comes with jailing journalists for doing their jobs. Arresting them for investigating the state’s involvement in mass murder isn’t great, and convicting them despite the...

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