At a Tuesday meeting of the International Freedom to Publish
Committee (a publishing industry group dedicated to free expression) in New
York, Maureen Aung-Thwin handed out pages from Flower News, a Rangoon-based newspaper that had been marked up
by Burmese government censors. Burma is the world’s second most censored
country, according to a 2006 CPJ report. But
you don’t have to read Burmese to understand what’s going on here. The red
marks speak for themselves. Aung-Thwin is the director of the Burma project at the Open
Society Institute and one of the world’s leading experts on that country.
Joel Simon is the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists. He has written widely on media issues, contributing to Slate, Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Review of Books, World Policy Journal, Asahi Shimbun, and The Times of India. He has led numerous international missions to advance press freedom. His book, The New Censorship: Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom, was published in November 2014. Follow him on Twitter @Joelcpj. His public GPG encryption key can be found here.
Myanmar: One year under Suu Kyi, press freedom lags behind democratic progress
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When Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and her long-persecuted National League for Democracy party won elected office in November 2015, bringing an end to nearly five decades of authoritarian military rule, many local journalists saw the democratic result as a de facto win for press freedom....