onsdag 3. februar 2021

News Stations Still Closed in Myanmar, Some Other Channels Reopen

Broadcast news stations remain closed in Myanmar following a government takeover by the country’s military on Monday, though some private stations that were at first shut down have been allowed to reopen, sources in Myanmar say.

Myawaddy TV, a military-owned station, remained open Monday to broadcast the army’s version of the news as troops surrounded government buildings and detained civilian leaders including state councilor Aung San Suu Kyi, while some private entertainment channels that were briefly closed reopened by nighttime.

The Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) and Mizzima TV, two registered media outlets, are still off the air, however, with Toe Zaw Latt—director of DVB News—telling RFA on Tuesday that they have not yet been told when they may reopen. “There has been no official communication between the authorities and us, and all we could learn was that our channel’s port to the government’s broadcasting system was dropped,” he said. “We don’t know anything more than that.”

“The Minister of Information, Pe Myint, is missing himself. It’s hard at the moment to find out what’s going on,” he said.