Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Myanmar to allow foreign journalists visas: The Guardian

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Tuesday, 12 February 2013 17:28 Mizzima News

A line of video cameras, a sign of the increased presence of the foreign press, records Aung San Suu Kyi's press conference in 2012, two days ahead of the by-election vote. (Photo: Mizzima)

Foreign reporters will be able to work for up to a year in Myanmar on journalist visas as from April, according to a report in The Guardian on Tuesday.

The new rules are intended to give local and foreign journalists greater access to government officials and will come into effect around mid-April, the Deputy Minister for Information and Presidential Spokesman Ye Htut told the British newspaper.

The move will mean that reporters will no longer have to fly in using tourist visas or file under pseudonyms. Many foreign correspondents’ names were last year taken off a blacklist and are now allowed into the country.

Full report: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/11/burma-offers-visas-journalists

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