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Private daily newspapers re-emerge in Myanmar after nearly 50 years

Monday, April 01, 2013 - 01:30

April 1 - Four private dailies hit the newsstands for the first time in almost 50 years in Myanmar on Monday, bringing readers a chance to absorb daily news produced under press freedoms not seen here in half a century. Mana Rabiee reports.

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It looks low budget. But this is some of the first daily news published in Myanmar in nearly 50 years that ISN'T produced by the government. On Monday, four PRIVATE daily newspapers were allowed to start publication in the former Burma, where a military dictatorship once had a stranglehold on press freedoms. The move is part of democracy reforms started last year. Kyaw San Minn is editor-in-charge one of the four new private dailies. SOUNDBITE: Kyaw San Minn, Editor Of The Voice Daily saying (Burmese): "This is a U-turn of our media sector and it's really great. But there will be a lot of changes and barriers that we can't anticipate in the future. The difficulty at present is the response of the ministries. As they don't answer the things we want to confirm in a timely way, we can't balance the news and we have to publish what we have." In the commercial capital Yangon, the private dailies were selling out, grabbed by readers whose only source of daily newsprint until now was from the government. SOUNDBITE: 55-Year Old Man, Mon Gyi, Saying (Burmese): "There are many differences between a private daily newspaper and a public daily newspaper. This private paper is very clear and has different flavors. We can't compare it with a government newspaper…" More private dailies are on the way, despite logistical and financial challenges they face. Bringing readers a chance to absorb daily news produced under press freedoms not seen here in half a century.

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Private daily newspapers re-emerge in Myanmar after nearly 50 years

Monday, April 01, 2013 - 01:30