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Myanmar Decoded: journey toward reform

Myanmar is making significant strides toward a more open and free country, but it still faces big hurdles.

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As of Monday, journalists in Myanmar no longer have to submit their articles to state censors prior to publication, a practice that had been strictly enforced for nearly 50 years.

It is important to note that restrictions still exist in Myanmar by which the state can jail a journalist for writing something deemed inappropriate. But the lifting of formal press censorship is never the less a significant milestone on the road to reform. 

GlobalPost sits down with breaking news editor Hanna Ingber, who worked at the Myanmar Times in Yangon from 2003-2004, to discuss censorship in Myanmar, the new policy and what obstacles remain.

Check out GlobalPost's cheat sheet to the reforms that have been sweeping Myanmar, as well as the obstacles that remain before the country can be truly free and open.