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article imagePrivate newspapers return to Burma

By Owen Weldon     Mar 31, 2013 in World
Authorities in Burma granted approval for 16 daily newspapers, and one of them is run by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party.
According to RadioFreeAsia, the newspapers will start publishing next week as part of media reforms that allow private daily newspapers to operate in the country, after decades of not being allowed to.
According to Fox, President Thein Sein took office two years ago as the head of an elected civilian regime. Economic and political liberalization were high on his list of agendas.
According to Washington Post, it was back in December when the government announced that Myanmar nationals that wished to publish a daily newspaper could apply and start publishing on April 1.
Nearly two dozen applications were submitted and 16 of them won approval. However, the Draconian 1962 Printing and Registration Act still remains until a new media law takes place. If a person fails to register, then the government can revoke publishing licenses at any given time, and the person faces a maximum seven-year prison sentence.
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