No U-turn on road to press freedom, Myanmar says, but critics disagree

March 27, 2015 2:41 PM

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YANGON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Myanmar's commitment to freedom of expression after half a century of military rule is irreversible, the government said on Friday, although critics cited lawsuits, beatings and arrests of journalists as signs of it backtracking on reforms.

Information Minister Ye Htut said an unfettered press was essential to the success of parliamentary elections set for later this year, despite challenges including tensions between old and new media laws and a rise in defamation cases.

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