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Two publications suspended for using ‘indecent photos’

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Two Rangoon publications which covered the wedding reception of popular film stars Pyay Ti Oo and Eindra Kyaw Zin have been suspended by censors in the Press Scrutiny and Registration Division for publishing ‘indecent’ photographs.

A picture of a newly married couple, actor Pyay Ti Oo and actress Eindra Kyaw Zin, has been  banned after it was published in the Monitor Journal this week. The picture showed  Eindra Kyaw Zin wearing what  state censors thought was a sexy dress, which they deemed culturally inappropriate. Photo: MizzimaThe publications, Monitor and Hello, were suspended for two weeks and one week, respectively.

‘We have been suspended for printing alleged indecent photos’, Monitor chief editor Myat Khaing told Mizzima.

The publications were suspended when editors met with press scrutiny officials at the Information Ministry, he said.

Journalists say censors provide no clear definition of ‘indecent’. In the past, actresses bearing their legs and other areas have been taken to task for ‘inappropriate’ dress.

Burmese authorities routinely punish entertainers by banning them from performing and acting in films, if they wear long hair or clothes they consider indecent, claiming the government is preserving traditional Burmese culture.

Photos of the film stars who attended the actors’ wedding reception held at the Inya Lake Hotel in Rangoon on January 21 appeared in many publications.

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