YANGON - Media groups reacted with dismay on Saturday to a proposed law to regulate the press that has raised fears the government could be rolling back on promises to loosen its grip on the long-shackled industry.
The printing and publishing bill, drafted by the Ministry of Information, has listed a number of restrictions - including reporting on clashes between ethnic groups and producing articles that "violate" the junta-drafted constitution of 2008.
The proposed legislation, which also laid out strict penalties of up to six months in jail for those operating without valid accreditation, came as a shock for the country's interim press council, which is drafting a separate media law.
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