Saturday, October 8, 2011
Call for press freedom by Myanmar censorship chief
A call for press freedom in the army-dominated country by the head of Myanmar’s repressive state censorship body was made with the suggestion that his department should be shut down according to a report.
Censorship should cease as part of reforms under the new nominally civilian government, Tint Swe, director of the Press Scrutiny and Registration Department which was set up more than four decades ago, told Radio Free Asia.
Press censorship does not exist in most countries as well as among neighbors and to be in harmony with democratic practices, press freedom should reign in the future.
Press freedom with responsibilities should be accepted by newspapers and other publications, he added.
Myanmar has announced a slight easing of strict censorship rules for some publications while maintaining a tight grip on news titles.
In June, publishers were told that sports journals, entertainment magazines, fairy tales
and the winning lottery numbers won’t need prior approval from the information
ministry before they are printed.
Calling an end to “draconian” reporting laws and for the freeing of jailed journalists,
the Committee to Protect Journalists or CPJ said last month that Myanmar’s
media remains the most restricted in the world.
Myanmar’s internet users were able to see banned media websites for the first time, in
September, including the BBC and exiled media organizations such as the Democratic
Voice of Burma or DVB. The foregoing news is sourced from AFP.
Source: Between News