At a Tuesday meeting of the International Freedom to Publish
Committee (a publishing industry group dedicated to free expression) in New
York, Maureen Aung-Thwin handed out pages from Flower News, a Rangoon-based newspaper that had been marked up
by Burmese government censors. Burma is the world’s second most censored
country, according to a 2006 CPJ report. But
you don’t have to read Burmese to understand what’s going on here. The red
marks speak for themselves. Aung-Thwin is the director of the Burma project at the Open
Society Institute and one of the world’s leading experts on that country.