Published On: Mon, Aug 20th, 2012

Burma abolishes media censorship

Burma, August 20: Burma has abolished pre-publication censorship of the country’s media, the information ministry has announced.

The Press Scrutiny and Registration Department (PSRD) said that as of Monday, reporters would no longer have to submit their work to state censors before publication.

However, strict laws remain in place which could see journalists punished for what they have written.

Burma has kept tight control over all aspects of its media for some 50 years. But the civilian government has been gradually easing restrictions since taking office last year.

Many laws still exist under which journalists can be punished for writing material which angers or offends the government, she says.

In the past, entire newspapers have been shut because of their reports and

Some 300 newspapers and magazines covering less sensitive issues had already been given permission to print without prior censorship and restrictions were lifted on 30,000 internet sites, allowing users unrestricted access to political content for the first time.

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