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In Saving Fish from Drowning the story of eleven missing tourist brings Myanmar international attention Tan 319 Desperate to have their country portrayed in a positive light Myanmar leaders decided to utilize Harry Bailley they question Why not use this free media attention to showcase our countrys beauty its wonders and its friendly people---yes even its caring and friendly government Tan 336 The Myanmar government from the time of its 1963 coup until recently put strict sanctions on what would be broadcast in their country These barred any criticism of their government as well as news of natural disasters Myanmar Profile media Foreign journalists and authors were denied entry to Myanmar though many entered secretly These bold people faced the large risk of being harshly punished Tan 319 While writing Saving Fish from Drowning Amy Tan herself was barred from traveling to Burma Tan xiv Communication between Myanmar and the outside world was censored and staged at the time of Saving Fish from DrowningThough the junta regime let up on the reigns of Myanmar in 2011 it was only after years of military tension Myanmar Profile overview The strict rule of the country included the detainment of many journalist and other critics of the government In January 2012 600 political prisoners were released as part of a mass amnesty after sentence of as long as 32 years Yet Shawn Crispin a representative of the Committee to Protect Journalists says that the battle against the Myanmar regime has just begun While recent signals have been positive from a press freedom perspective there is still a long way to go before Burmas news media could be considered even remotely free In Mass Amnesty Nine In Saving Fish from Drowning Harry Bailley only had access to Myanmar programming censored such that Harry had no idea what had already been broadcast on international news Floating Island Resort was an information wastelandno satellite TV no BBC no CNN or GNN
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