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President Signs New Media Laws, to Mixed Reaction From Journalists

The signing of two new laws marks the official end of a draconian 1962 press law, yet many journalists remain concerned over remaining media restrictions.

Court Hears Witnesses in Case Against Unity Journalists

A court questioned witnesses in the case of the detained CEO and four journalists of Unity Journal, who are charged with revealing state secrets.

Spiritual, Political Leaders Question Need for Burma Religious Law

With a commission established to draft a law on protection of race and religion, President Thein Sein is accused of exploiting religion for political gain.

Festival Patron Suu Kyi to Meet Mandalay Writers Who Boycotted

The opposition leader will meet with writers from Mandalay whom she did not see during an international literary festival that the contingent boycotted last month.

Crackdown Under Way on Illicit Thai Passport Trade

After passengers on missing flight MH370 boarded with passports stolen in Thailand, authorities cracked down on the passport trade, which reportedly also involves Burmese migrants.

Burma Parliament Likely to Approve Electricity Price Rise

The President’s Office has proposed a plan to increase electricity prices for large-scale consumers, which could save more than $270 million in government spending.

Burma Will Allow MH370 Search to Continue in Its Territory: Official

An official at the Department of Civil Aviation says Burma is prepared to grant Malaysia permission to continue the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight in its waters.

Peace Brokers Lack a Mandate: Burma Expert

Journalist Bertil Lintner criticizes the peace industry forming in Burma, and says existing ceasefires with the country’s ethnic armed groups are fragile.

Dolphins Imperiled as Irrawaddy River’s Fisheries Decline

Researchers say environmental degradation and illegal fishing along Burma’s largest river are threatening a vital source of food for the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin.

Burma’s Thein Sein Pays Visit to Kachin State

Ethnic leaders welcome the president’s long-awaited, but brief, visit to the war-afflicted state in northern Burma.

Dawei Village to Sue Thai Mining Firm Over Environmental Impacts

Dawei District villagers will sue a Thai company and a Burmese state-owned firm over environmental damage caused by the Heinda tin mine.

Burma President Approves Consumer Protection Law

As a new law is passed to protect consumers from unsafe or improper products, observers say law enforcement must be more robust.

Wirathu Joins Arakanese Protest Against Census

Nationalist monk U Wirathu joins protests by Arakanese Buddhists, who oppose the upcoming census because it allows Rohingya to register their identity as they wish.

Mangrove Campaigners Slapped With Protest Law Charges

Four people are facing charges under Burma’s controversial Peaceful Assembly Law after holding public talks about environmental conservation in Irrawaddy Division’s Dedaye Township.

Hollywood Calling for New Burmese Film

As Burma launches a regional film festival in Rangoon, moviemakers hope the long-stifled local industry is due for a breakthrough onto the international stage.

Excavation Work at Thai King’s Tomb in Mandalay Hits Snag

The Mandalay regional government directs a joint Thai-Burmese team to halt its operations at the ongoing excavation site of a Siamese king’s tomb.

Burma Needs Policy for Squatters: Ye Htut

The presidential spokesman calls for a clear policy to handle the problem of squatting, as forcible evictions continue in the country’s biggest city.

Quintana Releases Final Report on Burma Human Rights

The UN human rights rapporteur for Burma publishes his last report to close his six-year mandate, following his ninth trip to the country in February.

Journalist Beseeches Brethren: Stop With the Muslim Hate Speech

“Fight for democratization. We have to respect each and every ethnic group as a human being,” Mon Mon Myat tells fellow journalists.

Burma’s Private Newspapers Struggle to Stay Afloat

Daily newspapers free of government control and censorship have been printing for about a year, but the market is dominated by state propaganda sheets.