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Come April 1, Myanmar media to write history with daily papers

Published on Mar 28, 2013 1:10 PM

YANGON (AFP) - After embracing the Internet age and filing breaking news on Twitter and Facebook, Myanmar's long-muzzled reporters are gearing up for another revolution - daily newspapers.

New freedoms have swept through Myanmar's press since a reformist regime took power two years ago, but archaic rules meant private titles could only publish once a week.

That is set to change from April 1, when 16 weekly news journals will be allowed to become dailies.

"People are really excited about having daily newspapers. But I'm worried whether their hopes will be met 100 per cent when the papers are in the market," said Mr Nyein Nyein Naing, editor of 7Day News, one of Myanmar's most popular journals.

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