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Myanmar abolishes media censorship

  • Myanmar has abolished pre-publication censorship of the country's media.

    On Monday, the Press Scrutiny and Registration Department (PSRD) announced that reporters were no longer required to submit their work to state censors before publication.

    However, strict laws that could result in journalists being punished for what they have written remain unchanged.

    For the last 50 years, Myanmar has controlled all aspects of its media with organizations routinely subjected to state surveillance, phone taps and censorship.

    President Thein Sein's reformist government has relaxed media controls over the last year, enabling reporters to print material that was banned during the era of absolute military rule, such as photographs of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.