Private Daily Newspapers Return To Burma

dateline: 02 April 2013

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • newsstand: a shelf where newspapers are displayed for sale
  • restrict: to place a limit on something
  • censor (noun): a person who restricts information; (verb) to control the release of information
  • launch: to begin for the first time

Private Daily Newspapers Return To Burma

For the first time in almost 50 years, privately-owned daily newspapers hit newsstands in Burma (also known as Myanmar). The media industry in Burma had been strictly since the 1960s when Burma came under . Restricting the media to weekly publication allowed time for censors to remove banned subject matter before going to press. Last August, the government stopped its strict censoring, making it easier for journalists to report on a variety of subjects. Four private daily newspapers launched in Burma on April 1st. Another twelve dailies have been approved but need more time and funding being a weekly to a daily publication. While daily print newspapers are on the rise in Burma, in many other parts of the world where people get the majority of their news from the Internet.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What change took place in Burma?
  2. Why did the Burmese government restrict private media organizations from publishing daily newspapers?
  3. Why are print dailies becoming less popular in much of the world?

Discussion Question: Should the press have the freedom to report on any subject?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
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