Burma’s notorious online defamation law remains the tool of choice for powerful people in the country who seek to punish those who are trying to hold them accountable, and the amendment of the law in August has had “no discernible impact” on this, says a new report by the rights groups Free Expression Myanmar.
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The jailing of Zaw Pe, a journalist for the DVB, and the imprisonment of several journalists from Unity journal is a typical example of government doubletalk on press freedom and political reforms. This is the real nature of the still military controlled “civilian” government. It fears transparency.
Long a blot on world press freedom indexes, Burma could soon do away with the draconian censor board and end press restrictions
Restrictions on media coverage of ‘cultural and religious’ topics to remain, but government advisor hails end to draconian laws
Head of draconian censor board says a democracy cannot fully function without press freedom and suggests laws will be relaxed
Editors anxious about amendment to media laws that will place the onus of censorship on them rather than the censor board
Journalists inside Burma call for the relaxation of Burma’s draconian censor laws to mark world press freedom day
Burma generals giving no indication that notorious restrictions on media will be relaxed prior to controversial elections in two months
New unit set up within Burma’s censor board will target loopholes in press laws as the government looks to tighten media control in the run-up to elections
June 30, 2009 (DVB), Media watchdogs have condemned the sentencing of a Burmese journalist reporting on the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi, and said that coverage of the trial[…]
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A Yangon court will proceed with prosecuting two Reuters journalists accused of violating Burma’s Official Secrets Act, a ruling that will heighten concerns of press freedom advocates who see the case as a seminal indicator of progress in a country long-known for censorship and antagonism toward the Fourth Estate.