Freedom Forum condemns the military coup in Myanmar on February 1, 2021.

The coup is a blatant attack on democratically elected government. The detention of leader Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint and several other leaders of National League for Democracy (NLD) has followed the coup.

The civilian rule since 2011 has again been trampled by the military which ruled the country since 1962 to 2011.
It is learnt that many civilian leaders have gone into hiding following rampant raid. The people are deprived of information with shutdown of national and international media following the takeover. It is undoubted that the people there are now deprived of freedom of expression and information, and press freedom.

“After long, Myanmar had got a civilian rule, which is attacked with coup on February 1. It is huge threat to democracy there. The fundamental rights including freedom of expression and media freedom should be restored to Myanmar people soon,” said Executive Chief Taranath Dahal.

FF is saddened over the suffering of free media and civil society which had gained pace in the transitional democracy. FF expresses solidarity to Myanmar media fraternity and civil society on their protest of coup, and struggle for restoration of democracy.

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Kathmandu, Nepal