Bid to unshackle press
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