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Burma: Government Hands Out Punishment To News Journal

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By Min Lwin

The Myanmar Post Global, a weekly news journal, will not be able to print its supplementary pages for two weeks.

The periodical was punished for publishing a two-page supplement that had not been reviewed by censors before going to print.

News publications are still required by the 1962 Printers and Publishers Registration Law to submit material to censors before going to print.

“We have skipped the [scrutiny] process far too often and as the 1962 [Law] is still in effect, they had to punish us,” said an employee, who asked not to be named, at the Myanmar Post Global.

While the government has begun to relax some of the state’s publishing laws regarding censorship, newspapers are still required to have their stories approved by the Ministry of Information.

“We will be able to publish [the supplement section] in two weeks,” said the employee. “We had breached the law so many times so they had to do this as a warning.”

Journalists and writers in Burma said banning the weekly journal’s supplementary pages is a common punishment handed out by the censorship board. The law often prevents the publication of timely news, which many in the media sector say is detrimental to sales.

Democratic Voice of Burma

The Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) is a non-profit Burmese media organization committed to responsible journalism.

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