The Business Environment for News Media in Myanmar: 2018

Reports & Surveys
A report to Internews by Michelle J. Foster of Newsgain analyzes the media business environment in Myanmar

During the last eight years, Myanmar has gone from an environment where the government had total control of media, mobile phone use was concentrated in the hands of a privileged few, journalism training was conducted in secret, and the internet was a foreign planet — to a sector that includes a plurality of media, returned exile news media and explosive growth online (mainly Facebook). Regional and ethnic media outlets have sprung up although they are relatively smaller than national and other privately-owned media organizations.

This report analyzes the transition the news media sector in Myanmar is undergoing since the political reforms that began in 2010.