Mar 122014

YANGON (March 9, 2014) – In a speech given in conjunction with the East-West Center’s International Media Conference on “Challenges of a Free Press” this week in Yangon, Myanmar, Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi today addressed press freedom issues in both emerging and developed democracies. (Watch the video of her talk.)

Photo: Allison Wrabel, Missouri School of Journalism

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Photo: Allison Wrabel, Missouri School of Journalism

The democracy advocate, who spent years under political house arrest but is now an elected member of the national assembly, discussed how the media plays a key role in Myanmar’s political transition.

Noting that a long journey lies ahead for the country, she said: “We would like our media to help us in this quest to lay the foundations for a society, for a nation, which is not just for us, today, but for generations to come.”

Without a free press to check those who are in power, she said, “we will not be able to defend the rights and freedoms of the people. But at the same time, this press has to be aware not just of its great power and influence, but of the great responsibility that it bears for the building of a new nation that is centered on the will of the people.”

She cautioned that the press has an inherent obligation to its citizens and should not shirk its duties to the public. “Greater freedom demands greater responsibility,” she said. “It is one of my greatest concerns that people not look upon democracy as a system that gives unlimited rights to them but does not demand equal responsibility back.” Continue reading »

Feb 132014

Admission to special pre-conference luncheon
will be included with full conference registration

ASSK-300Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi will address “Challenges of a Free Press in Emerging and Established Democracies” on Sunday, March 9 at a special pre-conference luncheon in connection with the upcoming East-West Center International Media Conference in Yangon.

Suu Kyi, who was elected to parliament after being released from years of political house arrest in 2010 amid Myanmar’s dramatic social and political opening, will also announce the launch of her new Suu Foundation, dedicated to education and healthcare in Myanmar.

Admission to the private luncheon will be included with full registration for the conference, and registered participants will receive information on how to RSVP for the luncheon, scheduled for 11 am on March 9.

There’s still time to register and make travel plans for the conference, which runs from March 10 to 12. The conference theme is “Challenges of a Free Press” in Asia, the Pacific and the U.S. Continue reading »