What It’s Like To Report From Myanmar

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Working as a foreign correspondent is tough enough. It’s doubly hard when you’re covering civil unrest. It’s even harder when you’re covering civil unrest in Myanmar, one of the most repressive countries of the world.

Yotam Feldman, an overseas correspondent for Israeli paper Ha’aretz, wrote an amazing piece on what it’s like to report from Myanmar. Except… He never made it to Myanmar. Instead, like most Western journalists, he was deported to Thailand. From a town on the Myanmar border filled with Buddhist monks protesting the government, he was left to paste together coherent reports from the few very, very brave Burmese stringers willing to risk their lives for the sake of getting the truth out. His article is a solid read:

It’s 4 A.M. at Bangkok airport. Minutes before my plane is to lift off for Rangoon, I get a call on my mobile. In loose English with an Asian accent, a screaming voice says, “This is immigration department. We are outside your house and want to ask you a few questions. Open, please.” “But I am not at home,” I reply defensively. “We only want to ask few questions, open up already.” “What house are you talking about? I am not at home. Where, in your opinion, do I live?” “Ah, so now you don’t know where you live,” the voice retorts. Perhaps he is a Burmese security man who knew of my intention to file reports from his country, and about my conversations with opponents of the regime outside Burma.

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