Defamation case against Myanmar weekly dropped
Published on Jan 31, 2013 1:59 PM
YANGON (AFP) - A defamation case by Myanmar's mining ministry against The Voice Weekly for reporting allegations of graft was dropped on Thursday, in the latest sign of easing pressure on the nation's long-muzzled media.
A Yangon court agreed to withdraw charges against The Voice at the ministry's request, following mediation by a recently-formed press council.
"The court allowed the withdrawal of the complaint," judge Khin Thant Zin said, adding it was "the best way to resolve" the dispute which began when the publication was charged with defamation last September.
The article at the heart of the row reported a corruption probe linking the ministry with a Chinese co-owned copper mine, where activists' accusations of land grabbing and pollution have sparked a series of protests.
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