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Censorship board OK’s Suu Kyi article to be published in People’s Era


Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – An article written by Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi about her recent personal pilgrimage to Bagan, the ancient temple site, will appear uncensored in the Rangoon-based People’s Era journal on Tuesday.
 
A copy of the Messenger Journal in Rangoon which featured an interview of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Another journal published an article written by Suu Kyi in their latest edition this week. The articles represent a softening of censorship standards, and media observers are debating whether the changes may be long-term or temporary. Photo: MizzimaThe article—her first effort to publish it in a local journal since her release from house arrest—was censored last week by the board, which operates under the Information Ministry. When the journal informed her about it, Suu Kyi withdrew the article.
 
Maung Wun Tha, the editor of the Rangoon-based political journal, said that he was proud that the journal would publish Suu Kyi’s article about her recent trip to Bagan.
 
“I think they reviewed it. Recently, the writer Aung San Suu Kyi met with the president and they seemed to get along, so there is nothing to say,” Maung Wun Tha told Mizzima. He refused to disclose what type of information the board had wanted to remove earlier.

In addition to Suu Kyi’s article, the journal will contain a political article written by Thadin Aung San and an article titled “Fifth Pillar” written by NLD central executive committee member Win Tin about the press.  
 
Meanwhile, on Monday the Rangoon-based Messenger Journal published an interview with Suu Kyi about her views on Burmese young people, according to an editor of the journal.
 
“She talked about today’s young people. Nothing has been removed. We submitted our transcript to the censorship board in accordance with normal processes. We are very happy that our journal could publish this first interview with her,” the editor told Mizzima.
 
According to the editor, Suu Kyi said in the interview that young people should read more books in order to have creative thoughts and try to live a full, rewarding life.  
 
The interview was conducted after Suu Kyi was released from house arrest on November 14, 2010.
 
Similarly, 7 Days News, The Voice, Weekly Eleven, People’s Era, Snapshot and Venus Journal have also conducted interviews with Suu Kyi. No information was available about when those articles would be published.
 
Media observers said that it’s not clear whether censorship restrictions on political writing and interviews would be relaxed or not despite the approval of news and articles about Suu Kyi in recent weeks.
 
Earlier, the censorship board, known as the Press Scrutiny and Registration Division, imposed a strict ban on publishing news or photographs about Suu Kyi, and some journals were temporarily suspended because of violations of the restrictions.
Last Updated ( Monday, 05 September 2011 21:08 )  

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