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Myanmar/Burma: Corporate censorship is gaining control

22 April 2013

Thangyat is a traditional form of entertainment performed for the New Year Thingyan Water Festival in Burma / Myanmar which takes place this week. Thangyat was banned by the military government after the uprising in 1988 but was kept alive in exile before being allowed back last year. But corporate …

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Myanmar/Burma: Censorship on art has relaxed, three artists say

20 March 2013

“While censorship of print media has ended, restrictions on the visual arts are still officially in place,” said visual artist Maung Khine Mar from Yangon to The Myanmar Times. “Censorship on art has relaxed quite a bit, but they still have a blinkered attitude towards any art that goes beyond …

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Burma/Myanmar: Greetings from Win Maw

14 December 2012

Opening the session ‘BURMA: BEAUTY UNDER PRESSURE’, moderator Frances Harrison introduced the Burmese musician Win Maw with these words: “Burma, a country that is on the brink of change. But just how fragile that change is, is under evidence today, because of our third speaker, Win Maw. He has been …

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Myanmar/Burma: City ban on graffiti art

11 December 2012

On 10 December 2012, Yangon city authorities imposed a ban prohibiting anyone from drawing on public buildings, roads and bridges, as well as in schools and parks. Authorities said anyone defying the ban would face an unspecified punishment. According to an article in Huffington Post, Yangon’s graffiti artists said they …

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Exiled Burmese artist: "Self-censorship is second nature"

18 September 2012

Interviews with two Burmese artists: Chaw Ei Thein, who now lives in exile in the United States, on the situation in Burma in 2012, and Htein Lin, who describes how he maintained his artistic work while in prison. Chaw Ei Thein was briefly imprisoned after having made ​​a political performance …

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Myanmar/Burma: Publication of censored fiction novels

4 June 2012

“For the past 50 years, literature lovers in Myanmar have been able to read only the bowdlerised versions of the short stories, novels and poems published by local writers, with much of the best material left on the cutting room floor as a result of the relentless assault of the …

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Myanmar/Burma: Seven performance artists face charges

31 May 2012

Seven Burmese performance artists will face charges in a Mandalay court on 31 May 2012 after they allegedly broke an obscure law last week by performing in public with five foreigners who were subsequently deported. Irrawaddy’s Man Thar Lay writes: Officials from Mandalay’s Police Station No. 2 charged seven artists …

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Myanmar/Burma: Comedy film about censorship awarded

3 May 2012

An 18-minute comedy film, ‘Ban That Scene!’, makes a daring mockery of Burma’s dreaded film censorship board. It was first shown in Rangoon in January 2012 during a film festival titled ‘Art of Freedom’, where it was awarded with the top prize. The film festival ‘Art of Freedom’ was hosted …

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Myanmar/Burma: ‘Will censorship of music end?’

18 April 2012

In April 2012, BBC News’ reporter in Rangoon, Jonah Fisher, interviewed Ye Ngwe Soe, lead-singer of the punk band No U Turn, which is one of the best-known acts on the Rangoon punk scene, about the restrictions and censorship musicians face in Myanmar / Burma. Here is an excerpt of …

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