New Hurdles for Myanmar’s Already Hobbl…

Last month, press freedom in Burma suffered a setback when the government detained reporters and editors from the Unity Journal, a local publication that ran a story about an alleged secret chemical weapons plant in central Burma. Instead of disproving the claims by allowing an inspection of the site, the government moved swiftly to arrest those who produced the report and charged them under the 1923 Burma State Secrets Act. In this, it behaved very much the way the former military junta would have done, in the days before Burma’s transition to quasi-civilian rule.

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