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India Shuts Down Independent Burmese News Agency


Indian authorities in New Delhi have shut down the headquarters of Mizzima News Agency, an independent news organization run by exiled Burmese journalists.

About 20 policemen and two city officials ordered the news agency closed after sealing off its library and other rooms where computers and other equipment are kept.

According to a report on the news agency's website, editors were told the raid was part of an overall crackdown against commercial activities in residential areas.

Officials are conducting simliar closures throughout New Delhi.

Mizzima News Agency has produced independent news and commentary on Burma since 1998. It also covers the human rights situation in Burma, the military government and Indian policy towards the country.

The agency openly supports the campaign to bring democracy to Burma.
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