Joshua Carroll is a freelance reporter based in Rangoon, Burma. He has written for Al Jazeera, The Independent and The Times (of London). He is the winner of the Independent’s Wyn Harness Prize for Young Journalists 2012.


Burma jails transgender people for wearing a ‘disguise,’ and a top aide of Aung San Suu Kyi laughs hysterically at the idea LGBT Burmese need their rights protected.

Not What You Think

Western clichés about peace-loving saffron-robed monks fall by the wayside amid protest marches on the mean streets of the Burmese commercial capital.


He was a former bodyguard for Aung San Suu Kyi and a prominent freelance reporter. But despite Burma’s new reforms, the army killed him just like in the bad old days.


Burma’s government, hailed by President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a model of reform, is a model of repression for reporters.