Ethnic armed groups in Shan State have long used intimidation to recruit fighters, but the brutal tactics of the Shan State Progress Party are terrorizing villagers and prompting some to flee their homes.
A boycott of state schools under military rule has caused a spike in enrollments at ethnic community schools and created opportunities for ethnic armed groups to broaden and strengthen trust and understanding with the public.
Since being banned from Facebook, some of the most prominent spreaders of hate speech and disinformation have moved to Telegram, and fact-checkers say the messaging app is doing little to regulate its platform.
A man who spent nearly 20 years in prison has been motivated by the brazen assassination of prominent lawyer U Ko Ni to establish an organisation that helps former prisoners to rehabilitate their lives.
Print media reforms introduced after 2011 raised hopes high for a revival of the golden age of Myanmar journalism, but an uneven playing field, a saturated market and the country’s internet boom are making it hard for publishers.
The Kayin State Border Guard Force has come under intense pressure from the Tatmadaw over its extensive, controversial business interests and there’s concern the ultimatum could trigger fresh hostilities in one of the country’s most war-torn areas.