For the First Time, The Irrawaddy Hits Burma’s Newsstands

A bookkeeper displays copies of The Irrawaddy alongside other notable publications. (Photo: J Paing/The Irrawaddy)

The Irrawaddy magazine was sold on Tuesday in Burma for the first time since the once-banned journal was founded more than 20 years ago.

The May issue of the magazine, which ran a cover story on Burma’s relationship with China and the US, went on sale in Rangoon and Mandalay.

The Irrawaddy was first published in 1993, fast becoming a journal of note for Burma watchers with its focus on promoting press freedom and independent media. But restrictions imposed by the former military junta meant it could not be published inside Burma.

After President Thein Sein’s quasi-civilian administration came to office in 2011, Irrawaddy publisher and founder Aung Zaw, along with other members of staff, were allowed to visit Burma, with the magazine even opening up a Rangoon bureau in October 2012. The first copies of The Irrawaddy were distributed inside Burma without charge in December 2012 and March 2013.

Interested readers can purchase The Irrawaddy for 2,800 kyat (US $3.50) at well-known book shops in Rangoon and Mandalay. It aims to expand its network of distributors, sending copies of the magazine to shopping centers such as City Mart and to the capital, Naypyidaw.

“There are many people in the market who are quite interested in The Irrawaddy,” said Chan Myae Aung, The Irrawaddy’s marketing manager.

Kyaw Zwa Moe, the editor of The Irrawaddy magazine, said from now on it will publish the magazine on a monthly basis, featuring sections including news and analysis on Burma’s political, economic, social issues, opinions, lifestyle and cartoons.

“The May issue pays special attention to the sectarian violence in Meikhtila city in Mandalay Division. The cover story was an analysis on the situation of relations between Burma and China, what kinds of policies they have practiced on each other and future prospects of their relations,” explained Kyaw Zaw Moe.

The Irrawaddy was founded in 1993 by a group of Burmese journalists living in exile in Thailand. It is a leading source of reliable news, information, and analysis on Burma and the Southeast Asian region. Its website receives more than five million monthly readers from around the world.

13 Responses to For the First Time, The Irrawaddy Hits Burma’s Newsstands

  1. Congrats. Keep up your promise to speak for the oppressed. Speak for humanity, speak for truth. May god help you move forward.

    • Amen to that. Well done, like a dream come true.
      Best wishes and good luck for the next 20 years.
      Keep up the good work, and thank you for being there.

  2. Congratulations Irrawaddy. My best to you.

  3. Congratulations to the Editor and Journalists of the Irrawaddy News. Keep up the pressure with the truth in Burma or Myanmar. Three Cheers for Freedom of The Press!

  4. Congratulation to you for being back in Burma!That is a great symbolic part of the new Burma.

  5. Congratulations! Now I hope during the next 20 years all your reporters are safe. It’s still a very dangerous job there.

  6. Congratulations Irrawaddy!
    “And then my heart with pleasure fills and dances with the daffodils”
    I hope that the world journalistic body recognizes your efforts and rewards you.

  7. Congratulation! It’s your victory day, The Irrawaddy Magazine and its owner/editor. Your perseverance, hard-working, and all sufferings throughout the past 20 years has finally paid.
    A very big applaud by people all over the world!

  8. Before all the news magazines produced in Myanmar ,Irrawaddy magazine is the first one I regularly read and always will read in future too

  9. A step forward, stay strong, stay grounded and press on.

  10. That’s the mighty “Irrawaddy”. Continue to be true to yourself. Don’t be cowed by anybody. Engage political leaders, civic society leaders, radicals, extremist and philanthropists there and write about them fearlessly, as always.

  11. Dear Irrawaddy, Well Done !! 20 long years of Hardship and now at the Newsstand in Burma. As the Global Community know Burma on account of U Thant , Now the World know Burma on account of “The Irrawaddy” . Your Action speaks louder than words. Please accept my salutation.

  12. Let me congratulation to Irrawaddy for it highest achievement started from zero to hero.
    I hope Irrawaddy will maintain standard of Journalism and help Burmese peoples most needed general knowledge and world current affair by given truth story and news from across the world.
    Let me suggest you about using word of Rohingya ethnic for illegal Bengali Migrants from Rakhine state.
    I do understand about why Irrawaddy has using Rohingya name for illegal Bengali Migrants on Irrawaddy website. However, Irrawaddy must use illegal Bengali migrants’ word and should not use Rohingya. I hope Irrawaddy will respect Burmese peoples wish and their feeling.

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