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Last month, the Global Network Initiative (GNI) – a multi-stakeholder coalition of ICT companies, civil society organisations, investors and academics – signed a cooperation agreement with another body called Industry Dialogue, or, to give it its full name, Telecommunications Industry Dialogue on Freedom of Expression and Privacy. Why should journalism and media policy people care about this? Two reasons…

First, as Rebecca Mackinnon has pointed out on this site before, a free, open internet is crucial for press and media freedom – and that includes the mobile internet: 

All news organisations – whether their final news product is distributed online, in print, or broadcast – are increasingly dependent on broadband and mobile networks to gather, transmit, compile, and disseminate their reports and investigations. Whether the internet remains open and globally inter-operable affects the ability of all news organisations to obtain fair access to increasingly global or geographically-dispersed audiences.

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Monday’s media liberalization announcement under the fifth phase covers 86 journals, 55 magazines, books, calendars, post cards, formal messages, manuscripts of music and songs, and embassy publications, the website said. Deputy Director-General of Department of Public Relations of the Information Ministry U Tint Swe urged local media at a meeting with the ministry on Monday to observe a 16-point new guideline in the present censor-less publication laid down by the ministry relating to political, economic, social and miscellaneous sectors. According to the guideline, media are to refrain from writing articles or publishing photos that criticize the government’s policy in a destructive manner and contain facts that spoil the international relations, saying that stories on some sensitive issues should be based on strong sources.

Myanmar lifts all domestic restrictions on local media|World|chinadaily.com.cn – Xinhua’s take on Burma’s media liberalisation

Monday’s media liberalization announcement under the fifth phase covers 86 journals, 55 magazines, books, calendars, post cards, formal messages, manuscripts of music and songs, and embassy publications, the website said. Deputy Director-General of Department of Public Relations of the Information Ministry U Tint Swe urged local media at a meeting with the ministry on Monday to observe a 16-point new guideline in the present censor-less publication laid down by the ministry relating to political, economic, social and miscellaneous sectors. According to the guideline, media are to refrain from writing articles or publishing photos that criticize the government’s policy in a destructive manner and contain facts that spoil the international relations, saying that stories on some sensitive issues should be based on strong sources.

Myanmar lifts all domestic restrictions on local media|World|chinadaily.com.cn – Xinhua’s take on Burma’s media liberalisation

Karen Human Rights Group | Forced voting as military regime ploughs forth with referendum despite cyclone devastation

“Naw M— of H— village in T'Nay Hsah township of Pa'an District described to a KHRG researcher last week how SPDC authorities have forced the villagers in her village to register for the referendum and pay for the temporary identification card which will allow them to vote. She also explained how these authorities have threatened the villagers with punishment if they do not vote.”