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New Delhi Reopens Independent Burmese News Agency


Indian authorities have reopened the New Delhi headquarters of an independent news organization run by exiled Burmese journalists it had closed earlier in the week.

The Deputy Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) reopened the office of Mizzima News Agency today after meeting with agency representatives. Mizzima staff members had held a peaceful demonstration outside of the MCD office to protest the closing.

City officials accompanied by police had ordered the news agency closed Monday, sealing off its library and other rooms where computers and other equipment are kept.

According to a report on Mizzima's web site, editors were told the raid was part of a crackdown against commercial activities in residential areas.

New Delhi officials had conducted similar closures throughout the city.

Mizzima News Agency has produced independent news and commentary on Burma since 1998. It covers Burma's military government, human rights situation and India's policy toward Burma.

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

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