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....
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....
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"....
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....
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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