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...
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...
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...
Asia Sentinel reports on the media, the military and the Arakan conflict The emergence of free media in Burma after six decades of oppression is not going the way anybody expected just weeks ago, and the trend is ominous. The new publications are openly partisan, nationalist and aiding a deadly war against the already disenfranchised...
Burma spent roughly five decades under the military dictatorship. During those years, the regime enforced several oppressive laws, especially on free expression and free press. Before the 1962 military coup, Burma was at the forefront of press freedom in Southeast Asia. There were around three dozen newspapers, including English, Chinese and Hindi dailies under a...
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