An international press freedom group says Burma's military government has not released its powerful hold on the media despite growing international pressure.
Paris-based Reporters Without Borders in its annual report, said the privately owned press is still subjected to "unrelenting advance censorship."
The group says security services have stepped up surveillance of the press and civilians have reportedly been trained to identify international media "informers."
Reporters Without Borders also says seven journalists, including U Win Tin, are in prison in Burma since January first of this year. U Win Tin, who suffers from heart and prostate problems, has been imprisoned since 1989 and is serving a 20-year sentence on a charge of "anti-government propaganda."