YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar abolished administer censorship of the media Monday in the most dramatic go yet toward allowing freedom of expression in the extended-repressed nation. However related laws and practices that may lead to self-censorship raise doubt about how much will alter.
Under the fresh rules, journalists will no longer have to submit their employment to state censors before publication as they for nearly half a century. However, the same harsh laws that have allowed Myanmar’s rulers to jail, blacklist and control the media in the designation of protecting national security remain unchanged and on the books.
For decades, this Southeast Asian nation’s reporters had been regarded as among the most restricted in the earth, subjected to routine state surveillance, telephone taps and censorship so intense that independent papers could not publish on a daily basis. President Thein Sein’s reformist administration has significantly relaxed media controls over the at the end year, though, allowing reporters to print material that would have been unthinkable during the era of absolute military rule — like photographs of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
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