As of Monday, journalists in Myanmar no longer have to submit their articles to state censors prior to publication, a practice that had been strictly enforced for nearly 50 years.
It is important to note that restrictions still exist in Myanmar by which the state can jail a journalist for writing something deemed inappropriate. But the lifting of formal press censorship is never the less a significant milestone on the road to reform.
I worked at the Myanmar Times in Yangon from 2003-2004. GlobalPost’s Stacey Leasca interviews me to discuss censorship in Myanmar, the new policy and what obstacles remain.
See this graphic on reforms in Myanmar.