MUMBAI: Myanmar has announced an end to censorship of its media as it undertakes pro-democracy reforms. Under the new rules, journalists will no longer have to submit their work to state censors before publication as they did for almost half a century.
However, concerns remain about the restrictive press laws continuing on the books, which give the government great power to crack down on journalists and even close publications which are deemed a threat to national security.
Draconian pre-publication checks -- applied in the past to everything from newspapers to song lyrics and even fairy tales -- were a way of life under the generals who ran the country for almost half a century until last year.
Political and religious publications will no longer be scrutinised by the press scrutiny board. However, film censorship still remains.