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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...

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...

AP opens full news bureau in Burma

By Sun, Mar 31, 2013 1:23PM UTC Comments Off

YANGON, Burma (AP) — The Associated Press on Saturday became the first international news agency to open a bureau in Burma since a reformist government took power two years ago and began relaxing restrictions on the media for the first time in decades. The opening paves the way for AP to expand its coverage of...

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