The Myanmar Journalists Network has decided to submit to the Ministry of Information a list of proposed amendments to the Printers and Publishing Law enacted last month.

The decision to submit the amendments on April 11 was made at a meeting held by the MJN at its Yangon office on April 7 to which it invited all interested journalists to attend.

The meeting agreed to submit seven amendments to the ministry and set an April 9 deadline for proposing further suggestions, said Ko Zay Yar Hlaing, the editor of Mawkun magazine, who attended the meeting but is not a member of the MJN.

Ko Zay Yar Hlaing said among the provision of the law criticised at the meeting was the requirement that the name of a publication be written in Myanmar which was regarded as unfairly restricting the use of ethnic minority languages.

Other concerns included provisions relating to the owners of publishing licences, he said.

“If a publisher is arrested for an offence unrelated to the publication, itwill cease to operate,” Ko Zay Yar Hlaing said. “Is that fair?” he said, adding, “It’s nonsense”.