October 19, 2017
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Daily newspapers finally hit newsstands

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For the first time in decades, Myanmar readers can choose from a selection of private dailies.

Four private daily newspapers were published on Monday in Myanmar—the Voice Daily, Golden Fresh Land, the Union Daily, and San Daw Chein—for the first time since the 1960s.

Phoe Thauk Kyar, the editor of Golden Fresh Land, told Mizzima that the launch of private newspapers would help to protect citizens’ rights.

“These days, it has become so hard to find quality editors and reporters,” he said. “To be honest, we still do not have enough resources and assets to publish the newspaper as best we can.”

Phoe Thauk Kyar said that Golden Fresh Land now has 36 staffers but needs double that number to work on a long-term basis.

Kyaw Min Swe of the Voice Daily said that the newcomers are going to cover all the major issues, including news from around the world.

The Myanmar government has issued 16 licenses—one of which was awarded to Mizzima—while other applicants are pending.

Maung Hla, a private citizen who says he likes to buy a newspaper every morning, told Mizzima on Monday that readers were now spoilt for choice.

“Before we had only the Myanmar Ahlin [Light of Myanmar] and The Mirror,” he said. “Now we will have a choice of private newspapers. Not only that, but they look nice and are good quality.”

The first editions of Myanmar’s private newspapers were selling at newsstands on Monday and Tuesday for just 200 to 300 kyat per copy (US $0.23 – 0.35).

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