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Burma’s government accuses newspaper of contempt of court

By Sat, Jun 20, 2015 12:56PM UTC 0 Comment

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma's Information Ministry has filed a contempt of court complaint against the publisher and 16 editorial employees of a newspaper it is already suing for defamation, an action critics charge is an attempt at intimidation ahead of elections set for later this year....

Amnesty to Burmese government: Stop intimidating journalists

By Wed, Jun 17, 2015 2:14PM UTC 1 Comment

“Burma’s media landscape has seen a radical change since the country embarked on a series of important political, economic and social reforms... The lifting of pre-publication censorship, the release of imprisoned journalists and greater space for freedom of expression have seen the development of an increasingly vibrant and diverse media,” writes Amnesty International, the human rights advocacy group....

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

By Fri, Nov 14, 2014 6:10PM UTC 0 Comment

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 0 Comment

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 0 Comment

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....