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.
Post-imperialist nation-building is still a work in progress in many ASEAN states, and democratisation has therefore not yet fully taken shape. Without sincere reforms and well-balanced wealth sharing, it won’t be long before people in Burma start to press for meaningful change, as in its neighbouring countries.