CSEAS Lecture Series. Massacre in Myanmar: How two reporters uncovered a Rohingya mass grave—and the price they paid for it
The Pulitzer-prize-winning investigation, carried out by Wa Lone, Kyaw Soe Oo ( https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/myanmar-rakhine-events), and their colleagues, for the first time described the inner workings of what the US government called, the genocide of the Rohingya. It also presented the Suu Kyi government with incontrovertible evidence of crimes committed by the military, resulting in the prosecution of several soldiers and officers. The military pulled out all the stops to prevent the publication of the story: It entrapped the journalists in an elaborate sting operation, and a Myanmar court later sentenced them to seven years in jail, of which they served about 18 months before receiving a presidential amnesty. The case underscored the enduring power of the army in a nominally civilian administration of Aung San Suu Kyi. The simmering tension boiled over when the staunchly anti-Rohingya commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing staged a coup d’état in February 2021, reversing years of democratic reforms.
Antoni Slodkowski is the Tokyo correspondent for the Financial Times, where he covers the biggest business stories in the world’s third-largest economy, a position he assumed this year after working as the deputy bureau chief at Reuters in Tokyo. In that role, Slodkowski led the bureau’s politics and general news team and its coverage of the Olympics and the pandemic. He returned to Japan after four years in Myanmar, where his team covered the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya. During that reporting, two of his colleagues, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, were arrested and imprisoned in an effort to stop the publication of a story exposing a massacre of ten Rohingya men. That and other stories won the team the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. A native of Poland, Slodkowski is a graduate of the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.
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|Event Type:||Lecture / Discussion|
|Tags:||Area Studies, Asian Languages And Cultures, center for southeast asian studies, Cseas Lecture Series, Lecture, Media, Politics|
|Source:||Happening @ Michigan from Center for Southeast Asian Studies, International Institute, Global Islamic Studies Center, Asian Languages and Cultures, Wallace House Center for Journalists|
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