Myanmar defers press law
- Published: 18 Mar 2013 at 21.09
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Myanmar journalists just getting used to their new era of freedom howled when the government announced plans for a media law that could lock many old restrictions back into place. Then, in the latest of many moves that never would have happened under the country's old military rulers, the government backed off.
A bill restricting publishers, drawn up by the Ministry of Information without input from press groups, might yet become law. But journalists' complaints helped scuttle plans to pass the legislation as soon as this week.
Now the changes won't be considered until June at the earliest, and only after government officials consult with members of the media. The information minister, who had said ''poisonous'' publications had made new rules necessary, is to discuss the proposal with journalists Saturday.
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