The media has been on the frontlines bearing witness to atrocities in Myanmar since the February 1 coup.
According to Myanmar’s Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, about 90 journalists have been arrested since the coup. Some journalists were tortured, others gone into hiding or forced to flee to other countries, leaving loved ones behind. Many covered the unrest from afar, sifting through traumatic images and footage on social media.
Covering the unfolding events have been particularly stressful for many journalists, especially those who called Myanmar home.
Stress, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder are major challenges that journalists face when they are covering war-like situations. While their reporting is very important to their news organizations and to the public, many are not properly supported when it comes to their mental health.
For journalists covering Myanmar, learn about how your brain processes traumatic events, gain self-care tips and know where you can get help or how to support your colleagues and freelancers through the dark days ahead.
Our panellists include:
Cait McMahon, Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma Asia Pacific managing director and psychologist
Aung Naing Soe, Freelance Journalist from Myanmar .
Ma Nandar, host of G-Taw Zagar Wyne, a Burmese language podcast on mental health.
Mratt Kyaw Thu, former Yangon-based freelance journalist now based in Madrid.
Moderator: Lisa Martin, AFP South East Asia Correspondent