Burmese junta tightens media screw

As Burmese soldiers fire bullets and tear gas to disperse anti-government protests in Rangoon, the military rulers have taken the offensive in the battle to control the flow of information in the country.Websites and internet blogs posting information and photographs of the government’s action have been blocked.Telephone lines and mobile phone signals to monasteries, opposition politicians and student leaders have been cut.All this has made it more difficult for people to upload pictures of the mass protests to be picked up by international satellite news channels and beamed around the world, including back to Burma.

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