Burma allows visas for journalists

Burma opens its doors to foreign journalists and relaxes protest laws

Foreign journalists will be able to work for up to a year in Burma (also known as Myanmar) from April 2013, under new regulations aimed at ensuring wider press freedom.

It is the latest in a series of moves by the Burmese government to enact an increasingly democratic agenda, including lifting a 25-year-old ban on protests.

Speaking about the new visas available for journalists, Shawn Crispin, Committee to Protect Journalists’ south-east Asian representative, said: “This could be a positive development towards greater media freedom in Burma.”

Political reform has been underway in Burma since November 2010, when the military government became a civilian government backed by the military.

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