Maung Wuntha at the office of his newspaper, The People’s Age, which has greater leeway after the government relaxed press controls but still faces censorship. (Brendan Brady/NPR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Co-produced along with Adam Kaufman.

After decades of being one of the most oppressive and isolated countries in the world, Myanmar (also known as Burma) has abruptly changed course.  In just the last year, the vestiges of a military junta who run the country have allowed for free elections, freedom of speech and, increasingly, freedom of the press. On the occasion of elections in April that saw opposition candidate Aung San Suu Kyi elected, a veteran Burmese journalist discussed his country’s reform and changing journalistic landscape.

[Broadcast on June 19, 2012 by NPR’s On the Media]