Myanmar relaxes grip on media, vows end to censors - KMOV.com

Myanmar relaxes grip on media, vows end to censors

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Newspaper articles that would have been rejected by Myanmar's draconian state censors just months ago are making it into print, in one of many signs that the long-repressed country is becoming more open.

Though censorship persists -- especially on political issues -- the government is allowing many stories to be published without prior review, and journalists who were once jailed, beaten or blacklisted are testing the new boundaries.

Zaw Thet Htwe says a story he wrote about prison conditions wouldn't have been allowed under the military junta that ruled until last year. It was the first story he had written since being released from prison himself, in part for distributing a video of local donors handing out aid to disaster victims.

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