MAWLAMYINE, Myanmar — Even though these elaborate cremation ceremonies are financed through voluntary donations rather than taxes, some residents are concerned that the money is spent inefficiently.
YANGON, Myanmar — Buddhists and Muslims in the central city of Meiktila were separated along faith lines after interreligious violence destroyed roughly 800 homes in 2013. Some remain skeptical about the neighbors’ prospects for peace.
YANGON, Myanmar — The persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority has attracted the most international attention, but in Chin State, a predominantly Christian population faces its own challenges and restrictions.
MANDALAY, Myanmar — Neighbors say the noisy atmosphere detracts from the festivals’ religious origins — and the country’s quiet Buddhist getaway image.
NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar — As ethno-religious conflicts and extremism hinder Myanmar’s democratic reforms, faith leaders across the country emphasize the need for interfaith dialogue and religious tolerance.
YANGON, Myanmar — “It’s not enough to complain about content. That just removes the bad stuff after you already saw it,” said Matt Schissler, an adviser to the civil society group Paung Ku.
YANGON, Myanmar — A draft marriage bill would govern unions between Buddhist women and men of other faiths. After a series of requirements, the marriage could only then take place if no objections were raised.
In November 2014, we assembled 15 journalists, editors and media professionals from across Myanmar for an intensive training course on how best to cover religious freedom and conflict. Here’s the resolution they bring back to their newsrooms.
YANGON, Myanmar — On Nov. 13, 2014, we gathered a panel of journalists and faith leaders representing Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Hinduism to discuss how they see local media portrayals of faith in Myanmar.