On Tuesday journalist Soe Moe Tun was killed while reporting on illegal logging in Sagaing region, Myanmar. Illegal logging flourishes across Southeast Asia in pockets where law and order is hard to impost (related post from Cambodia here). The northwest of Myanmar has seen ongoing unrest, and in September the Government of New Zealand warned that ‘the security situation in some border states remains volatile‘.

From Khaosod English

Myanmar Reporter Killed While Investigating Illegal Logging

A Myanmar journalist was killed Tuesday while reporting on illegal logging in the northwest of the country, police said.

“The journalist who was killed was working for the local newspaper the Daily Eleven. We found bruises and injuries on his face and head. We are still investigating the incident and for the culprit,” said Thein Swe Myint, a local police officer.

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From Reuters

Myanmar reporter who covered logging industry found beaten to death

He was a prolific reporter who had recently tackled subjects such as a seizure of stimulant tablets and a surge in illegal karaoke lounges fronting for brothels, besides illegal logging operations in Sagaing, an editor at the paper said.

“He normally chased sensitive stories secretly,” the editor told Reuters on condition of anonymity, as the topic is sensitive.

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