When the RCSS/SSA signed a ceasefire on Dec. 2, 2011, the government promised that they would be able to specify their controlled territories and be allowed to build a permanent headquarters. Since then, both sides have met 5 different times. The ceasefire has already reached the Union-level but the government hasn’t kept its promises. To make matters worse fighting between the RCSS/SSA and the Burma army continues. Since the ceasefire was inked there have been over 50 separate clashes between the two sides.
The Myanmar government have suspended a controversial draft media bill until mid-April. The media bill drafted by the Interim Press Council will now be put forward to the Lower House when the parliamentary sessions resume after Myanmar's traditional Water Festival ends on April 17, Kyaw Min Swe, the general secretary of the Interim Press Council, told Mizzima.
Burma News International (BNI), held a press conference to launch the Deciphering Myanmar's Peace Process: A Reference Guide book at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) in Bangkok on Monday. The 184 - page book outlines the current state of affairs for the various ceasefires between Burma ethnic armed groups and the Union government. BNI is a coalition of 11 different media groups from Burma; 9 of which are ethnic.
Farmers in the area surrounding the Latpadaung copper mine have told Mizzima that they have had to accept compensation for their seized farms because of waste earth dumped on their lands; however, some farmers have refused to accept the amount of compensation offered.
Burma News International is an unique network of eleven independent media organizations: Mizzima News, Shan Herald Agency for News, Phop Htaw News Agency, Khonumthung News Group, Narinjara News, Kaladan Press Network, Independent Mon News Agency, Network Media Group, Kantarawaddy Times, Karen Information Center and Kachin News Group.