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Myanmar State Media Silent on HK Protests

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators, some waving lights from mobile phones, fill the streets in the main financial district of Hong Kong, Oct. 1, 2014.

As pro-democracy protests continue in Hong Kong, the state-run media in Myanmar, also known as Burma, have thus far been silent on the events in the former British colony.

Information Minister Ye Htut Wednesday told VOA's Burmese service that it is the government's editorial policy not to intervene in the internal affairs of other countries.

"According to our editorial policy, state-owned media didn't report on some affairs which may intervene in the internal affairs of other countries," he said. "Even though we are going to transform public service media, we are still a state-owned one. So if we report on this news, it sometime means [the government] are assumed to agree with this."

But according to Kyaw Min Swe, Chief Editor of Rangoon's The Voice, anti-government riots in Thailand were covered during the time of previous minister.

"I think it depends on the new minister himself," he said.

Under previous ministers, "[state-owned media] reported some international news like [in] Thailand's case," he added. "They reported on unhealthy food and cosmetic of Chinese imports and some other international news during the period of the minister Aung Kyi."

Even though Myanmar's state-run media have been silent on the Hong Kong protests, the country's growing private media have featured extensive coverage of the events.

This report was produced in collaboration with the VOA Burmese service.