Media News - Monday, September 03, 2012
Myanmar's new information minister on Sunday predicted newspapers would be able to publish daily from early 2013, heralding fresh reform for a sector recently freed from decades of draconian censorship. Aung Kyi told the Myanmar Times that state-owned newspapers - currently the only news publications able to be printed daily - would also be revamped with private sector involvement in the coming months. "It is my sincere belief that daily [private sector] newspapers are essential for a democratic country," said Aung Kyi, who replaced a prominent hardliner last week when he was appointed as part of a cabinet reshuffle seen as promoting reformists in Myanmar's government. The former labour minister, who acted as the liaison between Myanmar's previous junta government and democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi while she was under house arrest, said a code of practice should be discussed before changes were made to publication rules for private weekly journals. He declined to give a firm date for the issuing of daily publication licences to private sector news groups - many of which have turned to the web to provide up-to-the-minute content for a population hungry for information after years of restrictions - but estimated it could be "early next year". (AFP)
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