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A man buys a weekly news journal at a roadside newspaper stand in Yangon, Burma. Pic: AP.

Burma papers protest sentencing of reporters

By Fri, Apr 11, 2014 12:57PM UTC Comments Off A man buys a weekly news journal at a roadside newspaper stand in Yangon, Burma. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Several private newspapers in Burma have printed black front pages to protest the recent arrests and sentencing of journalists. Burma has only recently emerged from a half-century of military rule, and one of the most visible reforms since a new, nominally civilian government came to power in 2011 was a freeing up of the press. But experts warn the media climate has been worsening recently....

Burma journalist gets jail time for trespassing

By Tue, Apr 08, 2014 3:39PM UTC Comments Off

YANGON, Burma (AP) — A Burma court has sentenced a journalist to one year in prison for trespassing and obstructing a civil servant after he interviewed students and shot video inside a government office for a story about a Japanese-funded scholarship program....

Burma magazine license pulled for sexual content

By Thu, Jan 10, 2013 12:39PM UTC Comments Off People read weekly journals to buy at a roadside shop in Yangon, Burma. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma’s new reformist government revoked the publishing license of a magazine for the first time Wednesday, saying it violated regulations by publishing sexual material when it was supposed to cover fashion. The information ministry announced on its website that the monthly magazine “Hnyo” deviated from its charter as a fashion magazine...

Burma reforms press council after criticism

By Tue, Sep 18, 2012 11:39AM UTC 1 Comment Burma reforms press council after criticism

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma’s government on Monday replaced a press watchdog agency criticized as repressive with a new more liberal council in another boost for freedom of expression. The action came at the initiative of new Information Minister Aung Kyi, whose predecessor was more closely identified with the hardline policies of the former military...

Burma’s censorship authorities remove penalties on two news journals

By Mon, Aug 06, 2012 11:36PM UTC 2 Comments Burma’s censorship authorities remove penalties on two news journals

Government of Burma has reduced the media tension by removing penalties on two weekly news journals within two weeks, the media sources in Rangoon (Yangon) reported instantly via Face Book pages on Monday. Ministry of Information’s Press Scrutiny and Registration Department (PSRD) have suspended two weekly journals until further notice on 31 July. The stance...

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