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5 Burma journalists jailed 10 years

By Thu, Jul 10, 2014 7:26PM UTC 1 Comment

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Four reporters and the chief executive officer of a magazine in Burma have been sentenced to 10 years at hard labor in prison on a national security charge for investigative stories about a weapons factory. All five men from the Yangon-based Unity journal were sentenced by a court Thursday for violating...

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...

Contrasting fortunes for Burma’s English-language newspapers

By Mon, Jan 13, 2014 12:27PM UTC Comments Off People read publications at a roadside shop in Yangon. Pic: AP.

Burma’s longest running newspaper, The New Light of Myanmar, prints both Burmese language and English language versions. It is widely regarded to be a mouthpiece of the government and receives government funding. It is due to relaunch in March....

Sein Win, force for press freedom in Burma, dies

By Thu, Oct 17, 2013 5:13PM UTC Comments Off Sein Win. Pic: AP.

BANGKOK (AP) — Sein Win, a renowned journalist in Burma who championed press freedom and endured three stints in prison as he chronicled several decades of his country’s turbulent history, died Thursday at age 91. His family said he died in a Yangon hospital after a long period of ill health. His work won him...

Privately owned daily newspapers return to Burma

By Mon, Apr 01, 2013 10:55AM UTC Comments Off Kyaw Min Swe, chief editor of The Voice newspaper. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — For most people in Burma, it will be a novelty when privately run daily newspapers hit the streets on Monday. Many weren’t even born when the late dictator Ne Win imposed a state monopoly on the daily press in the 1960s. But for 81-year-old Khin Maung Lay, the rebirth of daily...

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