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Myanmar government abolishes direct media censorship

August 21, 2012
"This is a step in the right direction and a good approach, but questions of press freedom will remain,"
- Aung Thu Nyein, a senior associate at the Vahu Development Institute

Myanmar abolished direct media censorship on Monday, the latest dramatic reform by its quasi-civilian regime, but journalists face other formidable restrictions including a ban on private daily newspapers and a pervasive culture of self-censorship.

Under the new rules, journalists no longer have to submit reports to state censors before publication, ending a practice strictly enforced during nearly half a century of military rule that ended in March last year

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