Excerpts from the daily press briefing by Vincent Floreani, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ deputy spokesman (Paris, 20th August 2012)
France welcomes the announcement made today by Burma’s information ministry. This constitutes a new step toward the abolition of the censorship of media publishing political and religious information.
This decision is a significant milestone in terms of freedom of opinion and expression toward further political reform and the establishment of the rule of law which we have continuously called for.
With respect to the freedom of expression, France notes with interest the upcoming bills on the audio-visual and print media, as well as the establishment of a press council, and encourages the Burmese authorities to continue the dialogue on these issues in a spirit of openness and transparency.
We welcome this progress with respect to information and the freedom of expression, while noting that more work needs to be done in other areas: not all political prisoners have been released, hostilities have not ceased in Kachin State, and the humanitarian situation remains critical with respect to the Rohingyas in Rakhine State.