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Burma Abolishes Censorship

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.

August 20, 2012 7:09 AM