The Myanmar Digital Rights Forum took place in Yangon on 14-15 December. The event was the first of its kind in a country that until recently for decades was more or less closed off from the rest of the world.

It’s 250 years since Sweden established the world’s strongest freedom of the press through a ground-breaking new fundamental law, the Freedom of the Press Act. It was the first legislation of its kind anywhere in the world.
Freedom of the press, freedom of expression and opposition to censorship are of course well worth celebrating – and are still worth fighting for today!

Our human rights-based approach is the starting point and the added value that Sweden brings into the discussion on global internet affairs.

It’s 250 years since Sweden established the world’s strongest freedom of the press through a ground-breaking new fundamental law, the Freedom of the Press Act.
Freedom of the press, freedom of expression and opposition to censorship are of course well worth celebrating – and continuing to fight for today!

The difficult situation for journalists and media workers in Afghanistan was the focus when the Embassy of Sweden and the EU Delegation hosted a conference on journalist security and freedom of expression in Kabul. The conference honored all journalists that have become victims of violence in the country. In his introductory remarks, Sweden’s Ambassador Anders Sjöberg paid tribute to Swedish Radio journalist Nils Horner who was murdered in Kabul two years ago.

With the arrival of the monsoon, temperatures thankfully have dropped considerably. Outdoor activities are now more or less out of the question, but to peacefully watch the downpour from my balcony is quite spectacular. Sadly though, the formerly clear, blue Yangon sky has now turned grey. But it is certainly not the only thing here being grey.