Two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, were arrested and last September they were convicted of espionage. In total they spent 511 days in custody.

On February, 2018 Reuters posted a special report. They were subsequently awarded the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting in May, 2018.

Rakhine State, on the Bay of Bengal, was the home to most Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Hundreds of thousands fled to Bangladesh after a military-led crackdown on the region in 2017. The Rohingya accuse the army of arson, rapes and killings aimed at rubbing them out of existence in this mainly Buddhist nation of 53 million.

President Win Myint has pardoned thousands of prisoners in amnesties since last month. This is customary in the country around the time of the traditional New Year, which began on April 17, 2019.

The official Burmese language is a tone language. The cursive script has markings to show the tone in words. In total the country has many villages who speak their own languages. Your webmaster is a journalist too. Democracy dies in darkness. Its fundamentally important to have a free press even if a reader disagrees because censorship leads to dictatorships which are the worst type of government.