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Burma journalist freed after sentence reduced

By Fri, Jul 04, 2014 10:53PM UTC Comments Off

YANGON, Burma (AP) — A journalist and his assistant who were imprisoned for filming inside a government office have been freed after an appeals court reduced their sentences from one year to three months. Zaw Pe, a video reporter for the independent Democratic Voice of Burma media group, and Win Myint Hlaing were convicted in...

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...

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