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Burma abolishes pre-publication censorship

Successive Burmese governments have maintained news censorship for 50 years. The new government has eased restrictions and has announced that publications will not have to get prior permission to publish news. Restrictions will also be lifted on more than 30,000 Internet sites. This process of freedom of expression is advancing slowly since journalists can still be punished and imprisoned for offending the government and films will still be subject to censorship. Nevertheless, fundamental freedoms in Burma are moving forward.