There has been a guarded response from politicians to the decision by President U Thein Sein to nominate his spokesperson, U Ye Htut, to replace U Aung Kyi as Minister for Information.
The recent measures exacted against certain sections of the press are a matter for the judiciary and are not an issue for consideration by the President’s Office.
Magway Region Court has granted the Unity journal employees who were sentenced to 10 years' jail with hard labour the right to appeal against their verdicts, their lawyer said.
The Myanmar Journalist Network says it will support any reporters charged over a peaceful protest against the sentences in the Unity journal case held outside a Yangon event being attended by President U Thein Sein on July 12.
Journalists and media and human rights organisation in Myanmar and abroad have reacted with shock and dismay to the 10 years' jail with hard labour in the Unity journal case.