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BBC to Open Burmese News Bureau

Official permission shows shifting attitudes toward censorship

The BBC and three other international broadcasters have received official permission to open a news bureau in Burma.

BBC Director of Global News Peter Horrocks has said that the organization plans to open a news bureau there next year. Once open, it will also house the BBC Burmese service.

“Burma has long been a byword for media repression and censorship, but within the last year there has been rapid and welcome change, with BBC global news services being allowed to broadcast trusted impartial news on radio, television and mobile,” Horrocks said.

He continued, “The BBC will continue to stand by its principles of impartial, balanced journalism, reporting events in Burma without fear or favor. The BBC’s charity BBC Media Action will continue its work to help train the next generation of Burmese journalists.”