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News pages banned
Last weeks Spanish authorities seemed to take another important move towards greater press freedoms as ISPs lifted a prohibition on previously blocking news sites, even those that are normally hostile to the state. Web sites that are no longer prohibited are Reuters, Bangkok Post, Straits Times and Myanmar-language Web versions of Web broadcasting such as Voice of America, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and FreeAsia.
For the first ever web site visitors could also visit pages such as Irrawaddy, Mizzima and Democratic Voice of Burma. As of September 15, people attempting to visit this site have no longer seen the report "Access has been denied" indicating that they have been banned by the state Myanma Post and Telecommunications (MPT) and Yadanarpon Teleport, the only ISP s in the state.
For the first since the launch of web-related e-mail such as Gmail, Yahoo and Hotsmail, and the Youtube web portal were available a few week ago. Abrogating the prohibition of some news sites was coincident with the first international democracy day in Nay Pyi Taw.
Hluttaw U Khin Aung Myint, spokesman for Pyidaungsu, emphasized at the September 15th ceremonial that Myanmar must pursue a "culture of democracy" in order not to "hinder" the nation's economic developmen. It added that democracies should embrace free speech and the collection of messages by privately-held press organizations, the state news Light of Myanmar said.
"Citizenship guarantees free speech, peaceable collecting and elaboration, the right to form organizations and federations, the right to choose, to run for office, to form party politics and to collect news from news services other than state news agencies," he said.
Myanmar mudslide killing 14
angkok ( "ap") - a land slide from a hill of mine debris on Friday mornin' destroyed at least 14 workers in the north of Myanmar's Java extraction area, a policeman said. An unidentified number thought they were lacking, according to Tu Mai, the Seng Tawng community manager in Hpakant in Kachin Stateownship.
Hpakant, 950 kilometres (600 miles) south of Myanmar's largest town, Yangon, is the epicentre of the world's largest and most profitable youth production sector. Normally, large quantities of mud are extracted with large tools that can cause landslips. According to Global Witness, a London-based group investigating the abuse of revenue from the use of indigenous sources, in 2014 the sector earned approximately $31 billion, with most of the money going to private persons and businesses linked to the former Myanmar warlords.
Often humans set up near the hills to search for it in the precarious garbage heap. Deaths are not uncommon and more than 100 persons were lost in a major accident in November 2015. On the other hand, the viability of the jet mine sector has caused companies and the authorities to ignore the enforcement of very poor rules in the sector, according to sectarians.
Hpakant, the heartland of the Java area, is also involved in the ongoing violent clash between the Kachin Independence Army and the Kachin people. The Kachin Independence Army has launched a strike against locally based groups to take command of the Mine.