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APR 01, 2013 - The Guardian

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Burmese snap up first private newspapers in 50 years

Four dailies hit newstands and 12 more to follow under reforms to open up Burma's pressPrivately owned daily newspapers have hit newsstands for the first time in 50 years in Burma, where a state monopoly on the daily press once kept news to a strict minimum, generally by threat of censorship, imprisonment or torture – or all three.Covering topics from sim card prices to recent religious violence, four dailies went on sale on 1 April – also the first anniversary of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's election to parliament. Twelve more publications will follow suit in the coming months as ... Read More

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