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Burmese Courts Accepts Govt Suit Against Journal

20 September 2012

A court in Rangoon has agreed to accept a defamation case brought by a government ministry against a local magazine that published a story about corruption in government. Dagon Township Court said on Thursday that the lawsuit filed by the Mines Ministry against The Voice weekly will come to trial Oct. 5. The ministry sued in March after The Voice wrote about alleged misappropriation and irregularities in the finances of the information, agriculture, industry and mines ministries from 2009-2011. The article cited a report from the auditor general’s office to parliament’s Public Accounts Committee.—AP