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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 climbs press freedom index, but reform ‘running out of steam’

By Fri, Feb 14, 2014 3:30PM UTC Comments Off People read weekly journals to buy at a roadside shop in Yangon, Burma. Pic: AP.

Reporters Without Borders' (RSF) 2014 press freedom index, released this week, saw Burma jump six places to 145th in the 180-country ranking. While the numbers look encouraging, they came with a firm caveat as RSF said that reform in Burma is in serious danger of "running out of steam"....

Human Rights Watch report highlights ongoing struggles in Burma

By Thu, Jan 23, 2014 11:50AM UTC Comments Off Smoke rises from debris of a burnt mosque which was torched during clashes between Buddhists and Muslims in Thabyuchaing village last October. Pic: AP.

Burma continues to be a contradictory and frustrating nation when it comes to human rights, making gains in some areas while remaining woefully behind in others, according to Human Rights Watch's 2014 world report....

Political prisoners still held in Burma

By Thu, Dec 26, 2013 11:53AM UTC Comments Off A "shackled" protester clenches his fist during their picket at the Myanmar Embassy at the financial district of Makati city, east of Manila, Philippines Tuesday March 13, 2012 to call for the release of all political prisoners in Myanmar which is also known as Burma.  In their statement, the Free Burma Coalition, Philippines alleged that at least 852 more political prisoners remain in detention following the release of about 336 in two batches last January of this year. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

By Mark Inkey While the NGO Human Rights Watch called for Burmese President Thein Sein to keep his promise to release all political prisoners by the end of 2013, the authorities imprisoned a reporter in dubious circumstances. According to Human Rights Watch there are still over 200 political prisoners being held in Burma. Since 2012...

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