AP Opens Full News Bureau in Burma

The Associated Press on Saturday became the first international news agency to open a bureau in Burma since a reformist government there began relaxing restrictions on the media for the first time in decades. Six multi-format journalists will staff the new AP bureau full time. The Information Ministry informed the AP on Saturday it had granted the news agency permission to open a full-fledged office in Rangoon. Japanese broadcaster NHK was also granted permission. Under the previous military regime, China’s Xinhua News Agency and Guangming Daily were the only foreign news outlets allowed to have their nationals as resident correspondents.—AP


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