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Press Freedom Groups Criticize Burmese Censorship


Press freedom organizations say Burma has suspended publication of a local magazine because it ran an advertisement featuring Valentine's Day without permission from the censorship bureau.

Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association reported Tuesday that the privately-owned Han Thit, or New Style, magazine was recently told it was suspended for two months because of the ad.

The groups say the commemoration of Valentine's Day is banned in Burma because, they say, it is seen as arising from negative Western influence.

The two media watchdogs say Burma's government should stop subjecting publications to censorship.

Information for this report is provided by AFP.

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