Free press back in Burma

Apr 01, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT
Newspaper sellers wait for a bus after receiving newspapers from a wholesale dispatcher in Yangon, Myanmar, Monday, April 1, 2013.
(AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

For decades, a military junta kept foreign news bureaus and real local journalism alike out of sight in Myanmar. But a spate of democratic reforms begun last year has unleashed a (relatively robust) free press that had been lying in wait, as well as new institutions playing catch-up. Whether political change will follow is, of course, the central question, as is how the military will countenance the new way of things.