Burma: New hope for private newspapers


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Burma's new Information Minister may give the green light for private daily newspapers in coming months, marking what would be the boldest media reform yet.

The quasi-civilian government of President Thein Sein has liberalised media norms since taking over from a military junta in March 2011, but private groups are still not allowed to publish daily newspapers.

The new Information Minister, Aung Kyi, now wants to introduce a new media law soon and set up a press council acceptable to all, said Deputy Information Minister Ye Htut. "Our minister would like to see private dailies early next year," he said.