Two Burmese language
Rangoon newspapers to be published from Sittwe
September 03: The
opening ceremony of a sub-printing house that will print Rangoon-based Myanma
Alin and Kyemon dailies was held in Sittway (Akyab), Rakhine State, on 26 August morning, aimed
at stepping up the junta’s information campaign, a source in the administration
Chairman of Rakhine State Peace and Development Council Commander of Western
Command Maj-Gen. Maung Oo and Deputy
Minister for Information Brig-Gen Aung Thein formally opened the signboard of
the sub-printing house.
The commander in his speech said that local people in Rakhine
State had to wait for flights to
read dailies, but now, they can read current news like readers in Yangon
and Mandalay on the same day.
With this the people of Rakhine can contribute towards the development of
economic, social, education and health sectors of rural people, he noted.
has a population of five million people while there is not a single locally
published newspaper in the state. The two newspapers that will now be
reprinted online are Rangoon
newspapers known to be the mouthpieces of the Burmese junta.
Since the notorious Ne Win regime took over state power in 1962, the people of Rakhine
State have been left without a
newspaper of their own. The earliest daily published from Sittwe in 1853,
was named as the Akyab Commercial News, which later changed into the Arakan
News and was published in English language. During the British colonial period
such English language newspapers as the Arakan Advocate, the Arakan Echo, the
Arakan Times, the Daily Advertiser, and the Friend of Arakan were
published. The Rakhine language dailies included the Rakhine Razwang Athung Thadangza (1929), Rakhine Taing Thadangza (1949), the Lan Hman (1949) and the Rakhaing Athan (1955) were the newspapers published before the
Burmese military came to power through a bloodless coup in 1962.
Since then all kinds of publications regarding Rakhine State and its people and
their languages and culture as well as political developments have been
censored heavily by the successive military juntas that have been running the
country under the pretense of socialism, military dictatorship, etc, a retired
judge told our correspondent. #