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World Newspapers Group Urges Burma To Allow Press Freedom - 2004-06-05


The World Association of Newspapers has called on Burma to release all imprisoned journalists, and allow for freedom of press and expression in the country.

The organization, which represents some 18,000 newspapers worldwide, passed a resolution calling Burma one of the most repressive nations in the world. The group said all forms of expression in the country are strictly controlled and censored by the ruling military government.

The resolution also expressed concern over the detention of eleven journalists in the country, and called on Rangoon to release them.

The organization criticized Burma for restricting media access the country's ongoing constitutional convention. It noted that reporters from the BBC, the French Press Agency, and the Voice of America who applied for visas to cover the convention received no answer from Burmese authorities.

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