News Media Law — သတင်းမီဒီယာ ဥပဒေ
The News Media Law was created partly to protect journalists in a country with no constitutional guarantee for media freedom and no government will to amend the many laws criminalising journalism. Unfortunately the law only partially protects media freedom and fails to guarantee journalists’ rights. Instead the law creates government regulation of the media and a Press Council that is not structurally independent from the government.
Summary of recommendations
The News Media Law was useful for journalists during the early political transition but is not suitable for a democracy and needs urgent amendment to support media freedom and make the Myanmar Press Council independent from government.
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