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Daily papers transform newsstands in Myanmar

MILESTONE:The scrapping of pre-publication censorship helped Myanmar jump to 151st out of 179 in Reporters Without Borders’ World Press Freedom Index this year

AFP, YANGON, Myanmar

The English-language New Light of Myanmar is now looking for a private partner and prints Hollywood gossip in place of the shrill pronouncements of the past — which targeted the “killer broadcasts” of foreign media like the BBC.

On the streets of Yangon yesterday opinion was divided about the prospects for private daily papers.

“We worry that they will not be able to continue in the long term — people can’t afford to buy all of them because the newspapers now come out at the same time,” Kalar Lay said.

However, fellow newspaper seller Win Myint said the recipe for success was simple: “If the reporting is good, people will buy it and read it.”

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