Bid to un­shackle press

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

NAYPYITAW: Myan­mar is con­sid­er­ing amend­ments to a law that hu­man rights mon­i­tors say vi­o­lates free speech and has been used to jail jour­nal­ists and ac­tivists, leader Aung San Suu Kyi said yes­ter­day.

Fol­low­ing a re­cent spate of ar­rests of re­porters, the US and the EU have raised con­cern that de­spite Myan­mar elect­ing its first civil­ian govern­ment in about half a cen­tury, its me­dia face in­creas­ing curbs.

Suu Kyi’s party has the ma­jor­ity in par­lia­ment – and many of its MPs are ex-po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers – but it has not, un­til now, pri­ori­tised re­peal­ing laws that pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments used to quash dis­sent. Reuters

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