The Myanmar Journalist Network condemns Sunlight Weekly News journal for unethical journalism following the publication of “personal attacks” aimed at the grandson of former military strongman Than Shwe.
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 on Thursday at age 91.
A draft of Burma’s highly-anticipated broadcasting law, which will pave the way for private enterprises including DVB to broadcast legally in the country for the first time, contains several troubling provisions that could restrict press freedom, media analysts have warned.
Information Minister Aung Kyi said government officials were committed to addressing disputed articles in a controversial media draft bill that was largely panned by the country’s transitional press advisory board late last month
Wednesday’s meeting between Burma’s interim press council and the Ministry of Information has been deemed “fruitless” by participants as the two sides continue to argue over the contents of a new draft media law
A new draft law has been slammed for retaining a series of restrictive provisions, including a ban on printing material that “violates” the country’s military-backed constitution, and imposing prison sentences of up to six months
Burma’s ministry of mining has agreed to drop its defamation lawsuit against the Voice Weekly news journal, which was launched after they printed corruption allegations against the agency in March last year
The Burmese government has pledged to amend the draconian publishing law that requires all publications to register with and submit copies to the censorship board, but is not planning to abolish the legislation
Information Minister Aung Kyi met with representatives from Myanmar Journalists’ Association and Myanmar Journalists Network this weekend to discuss on-going lawsuits involving the media and the formation of a new Press Council
The Democratic Voice of Burma’s reporter that was sued by Magwe Region’s Department of Education last month was granted bail after paying a MMK10 million (US$11,494) bond and will appear in court next week for a hearing