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U.S. President Barack Obama was in China earlier this week. Pic: AP.

Obama calls for more press freedom in Asia, but sidesteps NYT case

By Fri, Nov 14, 2014 6:10PM UTC Comments Off U.S. President Barack Obama was in China earlier this week. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — President Barack Obama is pressing for greater press freedoms in Burma and China but is sidestepping questions about the status of a New York Times reporter whom U.S. prosecutors want to testify in a leak investigation....

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....

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