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Myanmar Lifts Media Censorship

Myanmar on Monday lifted the nearly half-a-century old censorship on local media.

The Press Scrutiny and Registration Department (PSRD) said that local publications would no longer need to submit their work to state censorship board before publication.

About 300 newspapers and magazines and 30,000 internet sites will reportedly get the benefit.

Journalists in Myanmar hailed it as a great day for all media workers in the country.

Censorship introduced in the erstwhile Burma on 1964 August 6 had restricted its people access to political content.

However, censorship on films would remain.

The West's relations with Myanmar marked a drastic improvement since the country's democratically-elected government implemented a set of reforms and displayed a positive approach toward the Opposition.

The Government in the South-east Asian country has been making efforts to seek peace with ethnic groups; the legislation permitting trade union activity, establishing freedom of assembly and loosening censorship of the media; as well as the creation of a Human Rights Commission.

by RTT Staff Writer

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