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Censors ban biography of former Prime Minister U Nu

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders condemns the censorship board's decision to ban the publication of a new biography of former Burmese Prime Minister U Nu by journalist Than Win Hlaing, who requested permission in February 2007 to release the book on 25 May, the centenary of his birth.

"They told me this was not the right time to publish a book on U Nu, and that they had passed the request to the government in [the new capital of] Nay Pyi Daw, but that the reply could take several months," said Than Win Hlaing, adding that he would try to have it published abroad if it could not be published in Burma.

Than Win Hlaing was recently released after spending seven years in detention for writing a biography of independence heroes, including Gen. Aung San, the father of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (see IFEX alerts of 4 January 2007 and 30 January 2006).

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