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Burma Inches Up Global Press Freedom Rankings

5 May 2014

Freedom House has given Burma a slightly improved score for press freedom in its annual global index. In the group’s May 1 Freedom of the Press report, Burma was ranked in 159th out of 197 countries, with a score of 70, compared with 72 last year. Countries are awarded a score out of 100 with lower scores representing higher levels of media freedom. Freedom House praised Burma’s loosening of controls over print media, but said “the drafting of new media laws with limited input from local industry groups, and restrictions on coverage of ethnic violence, remained issues of concern in 2013.”