Date/Time: December 1, 2022 at 7.00 pm (Thailand time)
The Golden Triangle, where the borders of Myanmar, Thailand, and Laos intersect, is one of the world’s renowned centers of criminal activity. The region’s underworld economy turns over billions of dollars annually in narcotics production, human trafficking, wildlife smuggling, illegal mining, and more. Its cross-border illicit networks have global impact, working with criminal groups across Asia and around the world.
For decades, the Golden Triangle has been a source of fascination to journalists around the world. They’ve focused on the seemingly endless stories of criminal rackets, larger-than-life characters, and the area’s rich history and cultures. Covering organized crime, however, is challenging, and facts about the region’s black markets, its criminal players and their political backers can be hard to come by. In this GIJN webinar, three senior reporters will share their tips and resources to report from this region.
Thu Bui is a Bangkok-based journalist covering international politics for BBC News Vietnamese. She has conducted numerous investigations into human trafficking in the region, including trafficking into Cambodia by gangs active in northeastern Myanmar.
Bertil Lintner is a Thailand-based journalist and author of 22 books on politics, conflict, crime, and geostrategic issues in Asia. He was a correspondent for the now defunct weekly Far Eastern Economic Review from 1982 to 2004 and now writes for Asia Times.
Nyein Nyein Pyae is an activist, researcher, and journalist in Myanmar. For her extensive, in-depth reporting on the Myanmar border and related issues, she received the Best Geopolitics Feature Award from the Yangon Journalism School in 2021.
The moderator is Eunice Au, Global Team Manager at GIJN.
This webinar is tied to the publication on 28 November 2022 of GIJN’s Guide to Investigating Organized Crime in the Golden Triangle. The guide is written by Bertil Lintner, one of the webinar speakers.