BBC News has appointed Jonah Fisher to be its first ever resident correspondent in Myanmar, the country also known as Burma. He has arrived in Yangon and will shortly begin reporting for the BBC on television, radio and online.
Peter Horrocks, Director of BBC Global News said: “The appointment of Jonah Fisher marks another important milestone in the rapid welcome changes taking place in Burma/Myanmar. Censorship and repression are being replaced with a new media environment where the BBC can freely broadcast trusted and impartial news. The BBC’s charity BBC Media Action will continue its work to help train the next generation of Burma/Myanmar journalists which will further contribute to the country’s transition towards media freedom. These investments are part of our commitment to our audiences in Burma/Myanmar and we look forward to covering the historic elections in 2015. ”
Jonah Fisher is an experienced BBC correspondent and during an eventful ten years working for the corporation has been based in Eritrea, Sudan, London, South Africa, Nigeria and most recently Thailand.
This appointment follows the Myanmar Ministry of Information decision in December 2013 to approve the BBC News request to open a bureau. BBC Media Action and the BBC Burmese Service already have a presence in Myanmar.