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Myanmar Jails Two Reporters for Exposing a Massacre

Updated: Jul 23, 2018

March 27 - The New Yorker

The journalist Kyaw Soe Oo carries his daughter outside a court in Yangon, in March.Photograph by Ye Aung Thu / AFP / Getty

Last month, Chit Su Win sat on a bench outside a courtroom in Yangon, after visiting her husband, Kyaw Soe Oo, a reporter who was spending his hundredth day in jail. As we spoke about how the two met and married, Chit Su Win mentioned “A Taxi Driver,” a Korean film they had watched together six months earlier. The film is based on the true story of a German television reporter who, with the help of a South Korean taxi driver, documented the killing of nearly two hundred pro-democracy protesters by South Korea’s military dictatorship, in 1980. After the movie ended, Kyaw Soe Oo was enthralled by the film about a reporting duo who evaded military checkpoints and gunfire to share footage of the atrocities with the world.

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