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What COVID-19? Synthetic Drug Trade Thrives In Mekong Region

The synthetic drug trade is booming in East and Southeast Asia, where the 5 lower Mekong countries account for just over 70% of  methamphetamine seizures in 2020. Resilient syndicates are diversifying production and distribution, while methamphetamine prices are going down and helping push up demand in the region.

UNHCR: ’No One Chooses To Be A Refugee’

More people are being displaced by conflict and insecurity in Myanmar after the February coup, having to cross the border to Thailand, or waiting for the chance to do so. But Thailand is not a signatory to the 1951 UN Refugee Convention. What does this mean for those whose life and safety are under threat after the coup?

IN NUMBERS: Arrests of Journalists and Media Staff in Myanmar

Our charts look at the number of journalists, media staffers arrested since the 1 Feb coup, and the crackdown on news organisations. Data from the Detained Journalists Information group, plus other verified information. Data viz by Yvonne T Chua.

Vaccination in Southeast Asia: It’s Complicated

Resignation, frustration mix as Southeast Asians find that their countries are back in lockdowns. But vaccination is underway, covering larger proportions of people in Singapore and Indonesia, than in the Philippines and Thailand.

Myanmar in Numbers

Take a look at these infographics and data, which are useful in following the Myanmar crisis after the Feb 1 coup.

To Mediate In Myanmar, ASEAN Needs A New Template

Asean has been pooh-poohed by many, but it is still the most pragmatic bet for talking  to Myanmar’s military. But can it convene a coordinated international response, with the west as bad cop and it as the negotiator, under heightened expectations about its doing ‘the right thing’ in our digitally connected world?

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။

SURVEY REPORT: How Do Newsrooms Cover ASEAN-related Issues?

Click to download the report on the results of Reporting ASEAN’s survey among editors in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam, The gems in this in formation-gathering exercise lie in the editors’ evaluations of how familiar their organizations and journalists are with ASEAN issues, what news priority they give to ASEAN- related coverage, their assessments of the strengths, weaknesses and needs of their journalists, as well as what they identify as the toughest reporting challenges in covering ASEAN’s role, relevance and impact.

Becoming ASEAN, Two Decades Later

In this commentary for Reporting ASEAN, Kavi Chongkittavorn makes a case for why the acronym ‘CLMV’, which sets Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam apart, is increasingly out of place some two decades after they became full members of ASEAN.

Q & A: ‘Hostility Toward Media Can Be A Ticking Time Bomb’

Myanmar has become a case study for how disinformation, fake news and hate speech affect online space and content, and therefore, public perceptions and debates. In this Q & A, The Irrawaddy’s Moe Myint shares his insights about the challenges, some of them very dangerous for professional journalists, thrown up by the toxic online environment marked by misinformation and deep divisions in Myanmar today.

Q&A: In the New Burma, ‘Democracy Alone is Not Enough’

“I didn’t want to be a journalist, but of course I didn’t want to be a political prisoner either,” editor and author Kyaw Zwa Moe said. “But I just did what I believed I should do.” He talked to Reporting ASEAN’s Johanna Son at the July launch of his book ‘The Cell, Exile and New Burma’ in Bangkok.

Jul 11: Launch of Book on Burma & Chat with Author

From Burma’s prisons to the 1988 uprising and to the border towns and communities of displaced ethnic groups, ‘The Cell, Exile and the New Burma’ revisits many of the stops in this Southeast Asian country’s more recent history. What does Burma’s past tell us about the future?

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