The Straits Times
Published on Dec 11, 2012

News magazine by exiled journalists to hit Myanmar newsstands


YANGON (AFP) - The Irrawaddy, published by Myanmar journalists exiled in Thailand, will hit newsstands in Yangon for the first time this week in the latest sign of sweeping reforms in the former pariah state.

Copies of the free magazine will be distributed on Thursday in the commercial hub of Yangon and other major cities in Myanmar, which has rolled back draconian censorship under a new quasi-civilian government that came to power last year.

Mr Kyaw Zwa Moe, editor of The Irrawaddy's English edition, told AFP Tuesday that the magazine was "testing the waters" by legally distributing inside the country for the first time since it was founded two decades ago.

"We are not sure how the authorities and the government will respond, because in the past the authorities and the generals banned our magazine," he said.