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Investigating violent kleptocracies

December 6, 2022by Anrike Visser

International Anti-Corruption Conference 2020 & 2022

Washington D.C., USA

Part of the kleptocrat’s unwritten playbook is the use of violence to keep themselves in office – leaders who leverage their political power to steal national resources must often resort to suppressing freedoms and abusing basic human rights in order to perpetuate their rule. But the first step in a kleptocrat’s crackdown is often silencing journalists and the 2021 coup in Myanmar is only the most recent example of a wholesale crackdown on the free press.

“The civil society and the media sector in [Myanmar] have been decimated,” said Anrike Visser, a Senior Adviser for the Sentry, an investigative and policy team that follows and reports on dirty money.

“The main critical independent media were restricted after the coup,” Visser added. “You cannot access their website inside Myanmar. Many were forced to return their media licenses; they were not allowed to operate anymore. One hundred and fifty journalists have been arrested, two died while incarcerated and there is rape in prison of men and women.” “[…]

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