october, 2018

29oct4:30 pm6:00 pm“Principled Voices": Protecting the Press in Myanmar (Burma)


Event Details

The 2nd Annual Scallen Lecture in Human Rights
“Principled Voices”:
Protecting the Press in Myanmar (Burma)
Esther Htusan- Pulitzer-prize winning journalist based in Myanmar; Nieman Fellow for Journalism, Harvard University
Karin Deutsch Karlekar- Director,
Free Expression at Risk Programs,
PEN America
Eaint Thiri Thu- Film Producer; Fulbright Scholar (Master of Human Rights), University of Minnesota
Original artwork by Eaint Thiri Thu depicting responses from journalists, poets, filmmakers, photographers, activists, ex-political prisoners, and writers to the question posed by Thu, “In one word or in one sentence, how would you describe the current Myanmar media situation?”
Freedom of the press is under threat in Myanmar
The government’s prosecution of Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, is seen as retribution for covering the killings of Rohingya people by government security forces.
  • What is the role of the press in Myanmar?
  • What are the conditions facing journalists who dare to cover human rights violations, including the atrocities committed against the Rohingya and other ethnic minorities?
  • What is the response of State Counselor and former Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Aung San Suu Kyi, in protecting the rights of free expression in these troubled times in Myanmar?
  • What should the international community do to promote human rights in Myanmar?


(Monday) 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Regis Center for Art

405 21st Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota


University of Minnesota Human Rights Program