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.

Read it and don’t weep.

Headlines about what’s going right in the world are now being shared with millions of people through digital screens on high streets and in shopping centres all around the UK.