Myanmar says it has abolished media censorship

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Myanmar says it has abolished media censorship

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Myanmar says there will be no more censorship of its national media, in the latest reform since pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was freed in 2010.

The country, once known as Burma, has long had one of the worst records in the world in terms of press freedom. But restrictions have been eased in recent months and several journalists have been released from detention, along with other political prisoners.

The new rules mean reporters will no longer have to submit their work to state censors before publication.

Myanmar’s press now enjoys freedom to publish that was unheard of under five decades of authoritarian military rule that ended in March last year.