Thein Sein

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Burma clampdown gathers pace as legislation passed

March 14, 2014 1:53 PM ET

In a clear step backwards for press freedom in Burma, new legislation will give the government censorship powers and the sole authority to issue and revoke news publication licenses. While the legislation enshrines into law broad press freedom guarantees, specific...

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Burma falters, backtracks on press freedom

June 13, 2013 12:03 AM ET

The media landscape in Burma is more open than ever, as President Thein Sein releases imprisoned journalists and abolishes the former censorship regime. But many threats and obstacles to truly unfettered reporting remain, including restrictive laws held over from...

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Online and in danger in Burma

June 13, 2013 12:02 AM ET

Early moves by Thein Sein to ease Internet censorship are viewed as a limited concession to press freedom, since Burma has one of the lowest Internet penetration rates in the world. Now, planned foreign investments in mobile infrastructure promise to...

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Premature praise for Burma's press reforms

May 22, 2013 10:40 AM ET

Burmese President Thein Sein made a historic visit to the White House on May 19, the latest in a series of high-level symbolic exchanges between the two nations. While Thein Sein has been regularly commended by U.S. officials for...

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Journalists threatened in sectarian violence in Burma

March 25, 2013 12:25 PM ET

Bangkok, March 25, 2013--Violent mobs have threatened journalists covering communal riots in central Burma and destroyed their reporting materials, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to make the security of journalists working in...

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Draft media law a step backward for Burma

March 1, 2013 1:04 PM ET

Bangkok, March 1, 2013--Draft legislation designed to govern the media in Burma threatens to reverse fragile press freedom gains recently achieved under President Thein Sein's democratic reform program, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Burmese government allows dailies to resume publishing

December 28, 2012 1:19 PM ET

New York, December 28, 2012--Burmese authorities' decision to allow private daily newspapers to resume publication is a welcome change to a policy that has stifled press freedom in the country for decades, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Burma ends pre-publication censorship; harsh laws remain

August 20, 2012 2:03 PM ET

Bangkok, August 20, 2012--Burma should dismantle its censorship agency and repeal all laws that continue to allow suppression of news in the name of national security, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The government announced today that it...

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Burmese authorities suspend two news publications

August 1, 2012 10:46 AM ET

Bangkok, August 1, 2012--Two weekly news publications were suspended indefinitely in Burma on Tuesday, marking a significant reversal of the government's earlier loosening of media restrictions and pre-publication censorship, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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10 Most Censored Countries

May 2, 2012 3:00 PM ET

See updated list of 10 Most Censored Countries here: https://cpj.org/reports/2019/09/10-most-censored-eritrea-north-korea-turkmenistan-journalist.php. CPJ's new analysis identifies Eritrea, North Korea, Syria, Iran as worst...

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