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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"....

Burma magazine faces defamation suit for reporting graft

By Thu, Sep 20, 2012 11:56PM UTC Comments Off Journalists protest on 5 August demanding 'Stop Killing Press' in Yangon. (Photo: AP)

The editor-in-chief and publisher of The Voice Weekly were charged with defamation under section 500 of the penal code by the Dagon Township Court Thursday for reporting a graft probe into a government ministry, Eleven Media Group has reported. The mining ministry filed a lawsuit against The Voice Weekly Journal for defamation concerning a news...

Burma’s new press law: Everyone’s on board but the media

By Tue, Aug 07, 2012 8:42PM UTC Comments Off Burma’s new press law: Everyone’s on board but the media

On August 6 some most important news journals – such as The Messenger and The Nation  – in Burma blacked out their cover pages as a sign of protest amid rising discontentment with long-lasting limits on the freedom of press. On the same day, officials of the Press Scrutiny and Registration Department (PSRD) met with publishers...

Burma censors lift ban on 2 magazines

By Tue, Aug 07, 2012 3:09PM UTC 1 Comment About 60 local journalists march along a busy street in Yangon, Burma, calling for press freedom Saturday. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma’s media censors agreed to lift suspensions on two weekly magazines, editors said Tuesday, after journalists staged a rare protest to demand more press freedom. The Press Scrutiny Board summoned editors from The Voice Weekly and Envoy magazines on Monday and informed them they could resume publishing on Aug. 18. The...

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