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IN NUMBERS: Arrests of Journalists and Media Staff in Myanmar

Our running sets of charts look at the number of journalists, media staffers arrested since the 1 Feb coup, and the data down  by gender, region, status (how many released and still detained), length of detention and what they are charged with. Reporting ASEAN is updating these regularly. Data from the Detained Journalists Information group, plus other verified information. Data viz by Yvonne T Chua.

In Laos, A Radio Station That’s More Than Radio

COVID-19 was bad news for many media outlets, but it pushed Lao Youth Radio to experiment. It’s now an online media outlet with infographics and visual stories, keen on hosting networking among young journalists. Reporting ASEAN talks to its founder and managing director, Bounheng Southichak.

Myanmar: ‘We Will Exist During – and Beyond – the Coup’

Amid the brutal crackdown in Myanmar, a journalist tells Reporting ASEAN they will continue to record the story of the popular uprising. They asked outsiders to press for space for journalism and said that in a digital world, there is no longer ‘outside’ or ‘inside’ Myanmar:  “We have professional journalists, technology and platforms.”

Keep Quiet or Speak Up When Someone Sends Unverified Content? Tough.

The results of a Reporting ASEAN survey give interesting views into how Southeast Asians interact with news and misinformation, including amid COVID-19. Plus – a total of 99% said they had ‘average’ to ‘excellent’ skills  in judging the reliability of content.

Fact-checking, Vietnamese Style

Meet the Vietnam Anti-Fake News Center, the newest kid on the fact-checking block in Southeast Asia. It doesn’t work like fact-checkers work elsewhere, but the COVID-19 infodemic has created new spaces for such initiatives within the limits of the media scene.

สื่อมวลชนเมียนมาจับตาและเฝ้าคอยอย่างหวั่นๆเมื่อมีรัฐประหาร

ผู้สื่อข่าวเมียนมามักคุ้นเคยกับสภาพการทำงานที่ยากลำบาก แต่การรัฐประหารโดยกองทัพในเดือนกุมภาพันธ์นี้ ทำให้เกิดคำถามที่ว่า คนในวิชาชีพสื่อสารมวลชนจะยังทำอะไรได้บ้าง โดยที่ชาวเมียนมาได้ทำอาชีพนี้อย่างจริงจังแค่ 10 ปีหลังนี้เอง

After Coup, Myanmar’s Journalists Watch and Wait, Warily

Myanmar’s journalists are no strangers to working in hostile settings. But the February military coup throws up questions about what may be left of the profession of journalism, which has been around for just a decade in the Southeast Asian country.

အရှေ့တောင်အာရှတွင် ကိုဗစ်-၁၉ နှင့်ဆိုင်သော လုပ်ဇာတ်တစ်ခုကို ခြေရာခံလိုက်ခြင်း

အယ်လ်ကာလိုင်းပါတဲ့ အစားအစာတွေဟာ ကိုဗစ်-၁၉ ကနေ သင့်ကို ကာကွယ်ပေးပါတယ်ဆိုတဲ့ မဟုတ်မဟတ် ရေးထားတာကို မှတ်မိပါသလား။ အလျင်အမြန် ပျံ့နှံ့သွားခဲ့တဲ့ အဲဒီသတင်းကို အခု ဆောင်းပါးပါ ‘ခြေရာခံလိုက်ထား’ ပုံကိုကြည့်ရင် အချက်အလက်စစ်ဆေးရတဲ့ အလုပ်ဟာ အခက်အခဲတွေများပြားသလောက် တစ်ဖက်ကလည်း ဆက်လက်လုပ်ဆောင်နေရမယ်ဆိုတာ သိနိုင်ပါတယ်။

Southeast Asia: Contact Tracing A COVID-19 Hoax

Remember the hoax claiming that alkaline foods can protect you from COVID-19? The ‘contact tracing’ of its viral trail, in this story, shows that as challenging as fact checking is, the work must continue.

Asia Tenggara: Penelusuran Kontak atas Hoax COVID-19

Masih ingatkah dengan hoax yang mengklaim bahwa makanan beralkali dapat melindungi anda dari COVID-19? Di artikel ini, ‘penelusuran kontak’ atas jejaknya yang viral menunjukkan bahwa meskipun upaya cek fakta masih menghadapi banyak tantangan, upaya ini harus terus berlanjut.

Southeast Asia: Six Tips for Unpacking COVID-19 Numbers

Tired of pandemic stats? COVID-19 is not leaving anytime soon, so here are six tips to help you find your way through the swirl of pandemic figures – and make more informed decisions in these uncertain times.

COVID-19: For Vietnam, Information Is A Public-Health Weapon

Vietnam pulled out all the stops in its campaign on COVID-19, wading into the digital venues where citizens, especially millennials, could be reached. Just about everywhere Vietnamese looked, they read, heard, saw material about the pandemic.

SOUTHEAST ASIA: News Interest High, Trust In Media Low

Can Southeast Asians trust less and less the news, as they consume more of such news, mainly in online venues? Can they turn to social media to access news, but distrust social media at the same time? These appear to be case, says findings from the ‘2020 Digital News Report’.

COVID-19: Tips for A Saner Digital Diet in Viral Times

Infodemic. Amid the coronavirus outbreak, online spaces in Southeast Asia have become a petri dish of deafening ‘noise’ and filth on steroids, into which fear-based behaviour sinks comfortably. But in the end, using online spaces involves personal responsibility, and cannot be passed on to Big Tech.

Download: Reportage Around ASEAN-Related Issues: A Tip Sheet

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