Presidential pardon for journalists does little to lift media gloom in Myanmar

Reuters reporters Wa Lone (second from right) and Kyaw Soe Oo celebrate with their children after being freed from prison, in Yangon on May 7, 2019.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

BANGKOK - Myanmar media veteran Sonny Swe, who spent eight years behind bars for bypassing censorship regulations before being freed in 2013, describes the recent presidential pardon for Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo as good news that local journalists have not had "in a long time".

But he is realistic about its larger impact.

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