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Free Speech Remains Under Threat in Myanmar

Written by Mong Palatino On 2 June 2014 @ 9:52 am | No Comments

In East Asia, English, Freedom of Speech, Human Rights, Media & Journalism, Myanmar (Burma), Politics, Quick Reads

Deji Olukotun observes how Myanmar's so-called transition to democracy has not yet made a lasting impact on the state of free expression [1] in the country:

…in many ways Myanmar’s relatively open society could close at a moment’s notice. Writers are able to write and to criticize the government not because the laws have been changed, but because they are frequently not enforced. Many civil society organizations in the country are unable to register because the old registration laws are too complex, the bureaucratic red tape too thick, and pending legislation intended to streamline the process remains tied up in parliament.

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[1] free expression: http://www.pen.org/blog/knifes-edge-free-expression-myanmar

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