Burma Ends Media Censorship; Threats Against Journalists Remain
Burma: Freedom of Speech, Just Watch What You Say
The Burmese government has abolished laws requiring pre-publication censorship of print media. This is not the same thing as freedom of speech, however. Indeed, laws punishing those who use publications to speak out against the government remain on the books.
So, the Guardian's headline of "Burma ends media censorship" is partly true: Burma's censorship apparatus remains intact, waiting to punish any publication that displeases the current government. Ice-T pretty much nailed it: "Freedom of speech, just watch what you say".
Also, censorship rules surrounding video media remain unchanged.
Out of 179 nations in the Reporters without Borders 2011-2012 Press Freedom Index, Burma is 169 out of 179. Eritrea is in last place. The USA is ranked #47, behind Australia (#39) and the United Kingdom (#28). Finland holds the top spot.