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Burma registers growing media freedom

January 31, 2013

PARIS, France – A new report found that Burma's "paper revolution" has triggered a sharp improvement in freedom of information, in contrast to a trend of general deterioration found across much of Asia, AFP reported Wednesday (January 30th).

The Paris-based watchdog group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) found that due to what it called "dramatic changes", Burma rose to 151st out of 179 in the 2013 World Press Freedom Index, advancing 18 places.

"There are no longer any journalists or cyber dissidents in the jails of the old military dictatorship," RSF said. In August, Burma announced it was ending decades of pre-publication censorship.

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