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Frontier Myanmar

Frontier Myanmar is an award-winning news magazine covering Myanmar. Since its founding in Yangon in 2015, it has earned a reputation for quality, impartial journalism in a difficult working environment. Despite the existential challenges posed by the February 2021 military coup, it continues to deliver in-depth reports from all corners of the country, making space for overlooked voices and issues and reporting the uncensored truth.

Frontier’s staff is overwhelmingly national and it is an important training ground for young Myanmar journalists. Its reporting has been recognised every year since 2017 by the Society of Publishers in Asia, the region’s most prestigious media awards, and the publication remains an important independent voice in the country’s media landscape.

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5th October 2022

The military regime’s attempts to restrict imports and ration foreign currency have boosted illicit border trade at Myawaddy in Kayin State, putting i...


30th July 2022

The regime’s foreign exchange controls sparked a frenzy in gold smuggling to India, but since mid-May it has turned to familiar tactics – intimidation...


23rd June 2022

The Karen Border Guard Force is providing the military with frontline soldiers in exchange for business protection, allowing its “new city” project to...


26th May 2022

Thailand has just reopened its border to Myanmar workers, but a cumbersome application process and deepening poverty continues to push them down illeg...


23rd December 2020

A coronavirus outbreak in Tachileik has shone a rare spotlight on border-based hotels, KTVs and casinos with links to powerful armed groups, whose ...


21st October 2020

Activists in northern Shan State have been fighting for years to protect a culturally and environmentally important mountain range but face oppositi...


7th September 2020

The Kayah State government’s fast-tracking of a Chinese company’s proposal to invest tens of millions of dollars in a forgotten industrial zone in the...


23rd July 2020

Local politicians in a border region known for its frequent outbreaks of violence hope to transform it into the “next Macau”, but will have to overcom...


17th June 2020

The safe return of migrant workers from Thailand amid the pandemic has required an unprecedented degree of cooperation between the government and arme...


10th April 2020

As the coronavirus spread around the world from China in February, the Kayin State Border Guard Force smuggled into Myanmar thousands of Chinese worke...


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