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Melanie Radue

Transition of Media Landscapes within political system changes – The Develop-ment of Myanmar´s Media

The analysis of the structural constitutive dimensions of the transition of Myanmar´s media landscape within the political opening up underpins the ambivalence of the changes in the top down initiated democ-ratization process.

On the one hand, abolition of the pre-censorship board and the permission of the first private daily newspapers after nearly five decades of military rule points into the direction of freer reporting. On the other hand, the strong intertwinements of political actors and media ownership curtails the structural de-velopment of a free and plural media system. Additionally, the governments market oriented liberalization policy encourages the transformation of one of the most restricted media systems worldwide into a mar-ketdriven instead of a democracydriven media environment. Although new actors enter the media market power relationship changes and a free and plural deliberation of the public sphere seem unlikely. The new configurations at the media market are tantamount for the outcome of the upcoming 2015 elections.


Melanie Radue is a research fellow and PhD candidate at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Department of Mass Communication. She is currently working on a project on the develop-ment of Myanmar’s media landscape and the analysis of other Southeast Asian media systems.

She has previously studied the internet’s role in the Bersih movement in Malaysia on which she published an article in International Review on Information Ethics (vol. 18).

Sidansvarig: Christine Forssell|Sidan uppdaterades: 2015-06-30

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