Friday, January 28, 2011

Two publications suspended for using ‘indecent photos’

Friday, 28 January 2011 13:44 Phanida

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.

The 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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