Reporters Without Borders and its partner organization, the Burma Media Association, welcome yesterday’s announcement by the government that it is lifting the suspension it imposed a week ago on two weeklies, The Voice and The Envoy.
"We take note of this decision and the fact that the government allowed journalists to express that discontent without obstruction,” the two organizations said. " But we will continue to monitor the situation closely and we reiterate our call for the withdrawal of legal proceedings against The Voice and another newspaper, Snapshot.
"It is also high time the government disbanded its censorship office, the Press Scrutiny and Registration Division, which is not in any way legitimized by the lack of a new media law."
The Voice and The Envoy are expected to be able to resume publishing next week following yesterday’s announcement.
Around 200 journalists took part in demonstrations held on 3 and 4 August in protest against the suspensions. According to media reports, around 100 demonstrated in Rangoon, 60 in the central city of Mandalay, and several dozen in the central city of Monywa.
In Rangoon, the journalists staged a march wearing T-shirts with the words "Stop killing the press” in English and Burmese.
Several newspapers, including The Nation and The Messenger, voiced their support for the closed weeklies. Yesterday The Messenger printed its front page in black with the article of the constitution guaranteeing freedom of expression in white letters.
On 3 August, journalists in Rangoon formed a "Freedom of the Press Committee” which called for the repeal of all repressive media legislation.
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