Military censors close Rangoon-based weekly for good

first_imgNews RSF_en to go further Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar MyanmarAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association condemn the indefinite closure of the Rangoon-based weekly Phoenix by the military government’s censorship board on 21 August. The weekly is edited by Mar-J, a writer who has been subject to bans in the past for his satirical comments.“This ban is a sad example of the censorship to which Burma’s privately-owned media are constantly exposed,” the two organisations said. “The publication of critical articles is not grounds for such a ban. Phoenix must be allowed to resume publishing without delay.”Last November, Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association released the text of a directive which the censorship board had sent to the news media spelling out the circumstances in which they could be suspended or closed down for good.The authorities have not given any specific reason for Phoenix’s closure. Mizzima, a Burmese exile news website, quoted a censorship board official as simply saying: “The weekly has been banned from publishing.”A one-issue ban was previously imposed on Phoenix on 28 May. Mizzima reported four days later that the weekly had been punished for defying the censorship board’s orders to publish only entertainment articles. Phoenix’s editors said the orders had come too late.Part of the motive for the permanent ban appears to be a desire to settle old scores with Mar-J, who is also a former Major in the Burmese Air Force. But after publishing satirical articles about the military junta, he was removed from his post. Photo of the weekly Phoenix: MyanmarAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Organisation May 26, 2021 Find out morecenter_img May 31, 2021 Find out more News September 1, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Military censors close Rangoon-based weekly for good RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum News News US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture Follow the news on Myanmar May 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more