Burma Abolishes Censorship

    Customers buy local weekly journals at a roadside shop in Yangon, Myanmar, Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. Myanmar's government said Monday it was abolishing the harsh practice of directly censoring the country's media, the most dramatic move yet toward allowing freedom of expression in the long-repressed nation. Under the new rules, journalists will no longer have to submit their work to state censors before publication as they for almost half a century. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

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    Burma said Monday that it will stop censoring media before publication, according to the country’s Press Scrutiny and Registration Division. While newspapers and other outlets would no longer have to be approved by state censors, journalists in the country could still face steep consequences for what they write and say. “From now on our department will just carry out registering publications for keeping them at the national archives and issuing a license to printers and publishers,” said PSRD chief Tint Swe. Burma has gradually relaxed its tight hold on the country’s media in recent years and will continue to censor films, according to an official.

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