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Yangon, August 20, 2012
Myanmar abolished press censorship on Monday, the latest in a series of dramatic economic and political reforms by the quasi-civilian regime and one that carries risks for its ability to manage change. The government’s announcement marks a U-turn from the oppressive policies of the military that ran Myanmar for almost 50 years until March 2011. The junta’s censors not only kept tight control over the media but monitored every song, cartoon, book and piece of art for subversive content.

After lifting some restrictions on publications in June last year, the authorities on Monday extended press freedom to the remaining 80 journals.

“Any publication inside the country will not have to get prior permission,” said Tint Swe, head of the press censorship board.