08 Feb '12, 5am

Myanmar moves towards ending media censorship (via ST iPhone App)

YANGON (AFP) - Myanmar is poised to adopt a new media law that could sweep away half a century of heavy-handed censorship, as an increasingly impatient press cautiously test the boundaries of newly-won freedoms. In perhaps the most eye-catching reform among a raft of changes in the country formerly known as Burma, reports on democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi are no longer taboo as the new government moves towards allowing a free press. Journalists have also been released from prison and the country crept up media watchdog Reporters Without Borders' rankings last year - to 169 out of 179 - amid a lightening of one of the world's most draconian scrutiny regimes. Now news editors are eagerly waiting to be released from the shackles of pre-publication censorship, with the promised abolition of the information ministry's Press Scrutinisation and Registration Department (PSRD).

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/SEAsia/Story/STI...

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