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About Cape
As a contributing writer for multiple outlets, including The Guardian, Channel News Asia, The Washington Post and Al Jazeera, I leverage my journalism skills and passion for human rights and politics to produce compelling stories that inform and engage global audiences. I have won a Gold World Medal at New York Film Film Festival for my documentary The Rohingya Exodus | 101 East in 2017, and been nominated for an Emmy for my work as a news producer in 2022.

I am also the founder and fixer of Rangoonian, a media platform that provides local insights and perspectives on Myanmar's social and cultural issues. I have worked with international media and film productions as a fixer, providing research, translation, and logistical support.
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Myanmar military airstrike kills dozens in Sagaing, opposition leaders say

11 Apr 2023  |  spokesman.com
An airstrike by the Myanmar military in the Sagaing region killed dozens, including civilians, during an event held by the People's Defense Force. The military acknowledged the airstrike but claimed it targeted terrorists. The National Unity Government condemned the attack, suggesting it could be a war crime, while Amnesty International criticized the military's tactics and called for a ban on aviation fuel supply to the junta. The United Nations reported over 600,000 people displaced in Sagaing due to the conflict.

Myanmar airstrike kills dozens in Sagaing region

11 Apr 2023  |  Washington Post
An airstrike in the Sagaing region of northwestern Myanmar killed dozens of people, with entire buildings leveled in Kanbalu Township. This attack, one of the deadliest since the military coup two years ago, highlights the ongoing conflict between Myanmar's military junta and insurgent groups.

Myanmar's 'Buddhist-only' villages fueling religious tensions

05 Apr 2023  |  www.theguardian.com
The article discusses the rise of anti-Muslim sentiment in Myanmar, exemplified by a sign in Thaungtan village barring Muslims from staying overnight or renting houses. This reflects broader religious tensions in the country, which have persisted despite the transition to democracy and the leadership of Aung San Suu Kyi's NLD. The NLD has not taken a strong stance against this discrimination, and recent nationalist activities, including protests against the use of the term 'Rohingya', have gone unchallenged. The Patriotic Youth Network in Thaungtan claims to protect religion and develop the village, but their actions have led to the ostracization and departure of a family wrongly suspected of being Muslim. The article suggests that without a counter-movement, religious discrimination and potential violence will continue. Human rights organization Fortify Rights warns of the consequences of unchecked extremism. The article also touches on the personal stories of those affected by the discrimination, including a Muslim taxi driver who was beaten and a family forced to leave their village.

Families of jailed Myanmar journalists struggle as they seek freedom

01 Apr 2023  |  CNN
Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are serving a seven-year sentence in Myanmar for reporting on a massacre of Rohingya men by the military. Their work exposed the killings at Inn Din village, leading to the imprisonment of seven soldiers. Both journalists were charged under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act. Wa Lone's wife, Pan Ei Mon, and Kyaw Soe Oo's wife, Chit Su Win, are enduring hardships while supporting their husbands, who are held in Yangon's Insein Prison. The families hope for an appeal or a presidential pardon, with international figures like Amal Clooney and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres advocating for their release. Aung San Suu Kyi has defended the conviction, stating it was not because they were journalists but because they broke the law. The wives of the journalists have become friends, focusing on staying positive amidst the struggle.

Fed Up With Zoom Classes? Try Studying During a Military Coup.

23 Mar 2021  |  www.vice.com
Myanmar's education system is severely disrupted by the military coup, with soldiers occupying schools, teachers being beaten, and internet blackouts making distance learning impossible. Students face significant challenges, including missed classes, security concerns, and mental stress. The coup has led to a digital dictatorship, with restricted internet access and increased military presence in educational institutions. The situation has sparked international attention, with universities taking actions to support affected students. Experts fear long-term negative impacts on education if the military maintains power.

We Spoke to a Doctor Treating Victims of Myanmar’s Deadly Crackdown

24 Feb 2021  |  www.vice.com
Dr. Aye Nyein Thu, a 25-year-old doctor, recounts her harrowing experience treating injured protesters during a violent crackdown by Myanmar security forces in Mandalay. Despite her efforts to provide medical aid, she faced significant obstacles from the authorities, who refused to release severely wounded individuals for proper treatment. The article highlights the brutal tactics used by the military, including live rounds and rubber bullets, resulting in numerous casualties. Dr. Aye Nyein Thu expresses deep frustration and guilt over the inability to save a protester, Yar Zar Aung, who later died in custody.

Viral Woman in Myanmar Coup Exercise Video Tells Us What Happened

03 Feb 2021  |  www.vice.com
A fitness enthusiast named Khing Hnin Wai inadvertently captured the first moments of the Myanmar coup in a dance video that went viral. Filming an aerobics routine for a school initiative organized by the Ministry of Health and Sports, she continued her workout despite a military convoy passing behind her. Initially unaware of the coup due to communication blackouts, her video later gained fame and scrutiny, with some questioning its authenticity, which was confirmed as genuine. The video's soundtrack, an Indonesian protest song, added an ironic layer to the event.

This Myanmar Doctor Gave Up a Life of Medicine and Is Now a Famous OnlyFans Model

04 Dec 2020  |  www.vice.com
Nang Mwe San, a 30-year-old trained physician from Myanmar, transitioned from working in conflict zones as a medical officer to becoming a full-time model and OnlyFans content creator. Her provocative social media presence led to the revocation of her medical license in 2019, sparking debate in a conservative society. Despite facing criticism, she has found success and support, earning over $20,000 on OnlyFans and becoming the fourth highest trending individual in Myanmar according to Google. Her story highlights issues of women's independence and societal expectations.

News for Generation Z

06 Sep 2018  |  dpa.com
The article discusses the #UseTheNews project, which aims to understand and adapt to the changing news consumption habits of Generation Z, particularly those under 30, in Germany. The project involves media organizations and media research institutes working together to develop contemporary news services that cater to the preferences and behaviors of young people. The focus is on creating information services that are relevant and appealing to the younger demographic, acknowledging the shift in how news is consumed by this age group.

Suu Kyi predicted Reuters verdict based on ‘her own facts’: NLD spokesman

06 Sep 2018  |  Coconuts
State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar had prior knowledge of the guilty verdict for two Reuters reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were sentenced to seven years with hard labor for allegedly violating the Official Secrets Act. The reporters were arrested in December 2017 while investigating a massacre of Rohingya civilians by Myanmar troops. Suu Kyi's comments in a June interview with NHK suggested she believed in their guilt, which drew criticism from rights groups. Despite the NLD spokesperson's insistence on the party's non-involvement in the judicial process, the verdict has been widely condemned by the UN and foreign governments. Suu Kyi has remained silent following the verdict, and the Deputy information minister defended this stance to avoid contempt of court. Reuters Asia editor Kevin Krolicki has called the verdict an 'injustice' and urged the Myanmar government to rectify the situation.

Reuters journalists in Myanmar convicted, sentenced to seven years

03 Sep 2018  |  Los Angeles Times
Two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, were sentenced to seven years in prison in Myanmar under a colonial-era state secrets law for their investigation into the military's attacks on Rohingya Muslims. Their conviction has been condemned by foreign diplomats, human rights groups, and press freedom advocates, as it is seen as a move to suppress independent reporting. Despite the global outcry, there is little sympathy for the journalists within Myanmar, where the majority supports the military campaign against the Rohingya. The United Nations has suggested that Myanmar military officials should face genocide charges, and the case has highlighted the lack of progress in human rights and press freedom under Aung San Suu Kyi's government.

Worked with TRT World Service for the stories about the transition period in Myanmar.

The Last King of Burma by CNA, I have been worked as a researcher and fixer for that documentary. The Last King of Burma - details the lives of the Burmese Royal Family and its descendants following the fall of the monarchy in 1885. Stripped off wealth and power, the King was reduced to the confines of a small home in a desolated city in India, while living off an inconsiderable pension.


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