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Ad With Hidden Message Triggers Advertising Restrictions in Burma


Officials in military-led Burma are tightening regulations for advertisements in non-government magazines and newspapers after a recent ad contained a hidden message criticizing the country's military ruler.

The ad, which was placed by a Danish group of artists in the Myanmar Times, called General Than Shwe a "killer."

In response, Burmese state censors are now requiring that all advertisements be in English and Burmese.

Publishers and editors are being asked to take personal responsibility for all ads in their publications. State censors say that if publishers and editors fail to protect the "dignity and honor" of individuals or "harm national unity" their licenses could be
revoked.

A Paris-based journalists rights group Reporters Without Borders is urging Burma's military rulers to halt what it calls the unfair crackdown.

Information for this report is provided by AP.

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