Burma’s powerful censorship chief makes startling call for more press freedom

October 18, 2011

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(AP/Khin Maung Win)
Burmese officials attend the opening of a “media corner” in Yangon. The government has a history of heavy media censorship.

Recently, journalist Kyaw Kyaw Aung of Radio Free Asia published an unprecedented interview with Tint Swe, the powerful head of Burma’s Press Scrutiny and Registration Department. In it, the official pledged to end press censorship. We talk to Kyaw Kyaw about this surprising revelation and what it holds for Burma’s political and civic future.