Snap Shot is a popular weekly with lighter contents than many of its rivals covering news in Myanmar. It contains a lot of photographs, short articles and interviews, travel and religious features, creative writing and fashion news.

Recent editions that the National Library of Australia has received include eyewitness accounts of the Thingyan grenade attack, and details of the oldest and youngest victims; the funeral of cartoonist, writer and director Saya Thagadoe; the protests in Bangkok, and series on tourism at Coco Island and Putao.

Readers following the preparations for elections will be interested in the Political Special Report inserts, which contain interviews with the leaders of new political parties, among them the daughter of independence-era politician U Ba Swe, Daw Ne Yi Ba Swe, (Democratic Party); Saw Say War (Kayin People’s Party); and U Han Shwe (National Unity Party); as well as with U Khin Maung Swe, elected MP for Sanchaung in 1990 and former political prisoner, an NLD central committee member who voiced dissatisfaction at how the party reached its decision not to register for the election and has since set up a new party with Dr Than Nyein. There are also some brief comments from NLD representatives U Ohn Kyaing and U Nyan Win.

[This post is provided by the National Library of Australia as part of our Book Zone feature. For further information on the featured publications contact Nick Cheesman at [email protected]]