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Seng Mai with an illustration depicting her detained
Local Journalism Against All Odds in Myanmar
Seng Mai Maran was the publisher and editor-in-chief of Myitkyina Journal, an independent media outlet in Myanmar’s northern Kachin State. She was also one of the few female editor-in-chiefs in Myanmar and built a large and vibrant newsroom covering difficult but critical issues, from conflict and corruption to drug use and human rights abuses. Such muckraking journalism is anathema to Myanmar’s military junta and Myitkyina Journal’s was stripped of its license in May 2021. Seng Mai spoke to us from hiding.

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Myitkyina News Journal is harnessing the power of local journalism in a country that until just a few years ago had no independent media

Women Photographers Own Yangon Photo Night 2018