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Censors ban veteran journalist's writings for one week

UPDATE: A respected journalist, Ludu Sein Win, dies (Mizzima News, 19 June 2012)

(Mizzima News/IFEX) - Burma's censorship board has reportedly rescinded a short-lived "ban" on the writings of veteran journalist Ludu Sein Win, according to sources in the Burmese literary community.

Sources in the Burmese literary community said Ludu Sein Win told them that he obtained permission on on 24 March 2008 to again publish his writings, after there having been missing from local weeklies the week before. The censorship board removed his articles from two Rangoon-based journals after he reportedly circulated an audio file that criticises Burma's military rulers.

In an interview with the Norway-based news organisation, the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), Ludu Sein Win said his articles were removed by officials at the censorship board although there was never an official order from higher authorities. However, an official from the censorship board has since informed him that there was no longer any restriction on his articles, he said.

This is the second time Ludu Sein Win has been censored. In 2006, his writings were banned for a month after an article of his appeared in the "International Herald Tribune".

For further information on the previous ban: http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/74889

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