Monday, April 1, 2013

Privaetely owned Newspapers allowed in Burma - after Five Decades

The censorship over news in Burma finally eases as private daily newspapers are fianlly allowed for the first time in almost 50 years.

Publisher U Win Htay looks at the front page of his new daily, Standard Time

Sixteen papers have so far been granted licences, although only four were ready to publish on Monday, as the state monopoly comes to an end.

Until recently, reporters in Burma faced some of the harshest restrictions in the world. and this move is being viewed by many as an important milestone on Burma's journey away from authoritarian rule.

It may be added that Private dailies in Burmese, English, Indian and Chinese, which had been commonplace in the former British colony, were forced to close under military rule in 1964.

Read more about it at: BBC News
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