Why Good Journalism Matters


I have been involved in politics and policy-making for over 50 years, and as you can imagine I hold strong feelings about reporters and the media. They’re not what you might think, however. Far from considering journalists to be irritating pains in the neck — though I’ve known a few who qualified — I believe them to be indispensable to our democracy. Continue Reading →

Muckraking in Myanmar: Press Freedom “Can End Tomorrow”

Saw Yan Naing takes notes during in a reporting trip to Kachin State, northern Burma. (Photo: J Paing/ The Irrawaddy)

Burma is one of the world’s champions of media censorship. The Committee to Protect Journalists recently ranked my country as No. 9, while listing Eritrea and North Korea as the most censored countries worldwide. Should I be proud of this? Ironically, yes. Burma, also known as Myanmar, was ranked No. 2 in 2006 when I started working as a journalist, so this ranking is an improvement. Continue Reading →

Ukraine’s Mezhyhirya Fest To Focus on War Crimes, Security


For the second time, organizers of MezhyhiryaFest are going to bring together more than 300 journalists and public activists on June 6-7, establishing a tradition of celebrating the Journalist's Day in the former billion-dollar estate of runaway President Viktor Yanukovych, who continues to hide out from murder and corruption charges in Russia. Continue Reading →