Australian Thomas Kean is managing editor of the English-language edition of the Myanmar Times, a weekly newspaper. He has worked in Myanmar for several years, and had a front row seat to the country’s reform and how it has been covered by the international press. I spoke with him in April, a few days after the country’s historic parliamentary by-elections.
Question: How has foreign press coverage of Myanmar changed?
Question: What change has been most overlooked by the international press?
Question: What can be read from the government’s more tolerant stance toward foreign correspondents?
Question: Top-down policies aside, how do you think government officials feel personally about this new engagement with the international media?