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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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16th March 2023

Thousands fled Myanmar after the coup to India’s northeastern border state, where the local authorities and communities have offered protection and he...


1st March 2023

A Chinese state-owned company and the military regime are quietly pushing forward with a railway line that would run through active conflict zones, af...


1st February 2023

Seizing Myanmar’s borders with Bangladesh and India has become central to the Arakan Army’s dream of autonomy and has driven its strategy during times...


9th December 2022

Chinese and Myanmar nationals have fallen prey to fake job postings in the Wa autonomous zone of northeastern Myanmar, where they are kept prisoner, b...


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...



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