Whatever the military's motivation for allowing reforms in Burma (Myanmar), the people – led by Aung San Suu Kyi – are cautiously beginning to exercise their newfound freedom. But transitional democracies are notoriously unstable. People must learn how to think and act democratically.
Though media laws have been relaxed in Myanmar, reporting on politics or sensitive subjects like ethnic unrest are still subject to censorship.
Last month, Aung San Suu Kyi advised foreign companies not to invest in the state-run Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise until it became more accountable and open.
Since Myanmar ended military rule, getting an interview with Aung San Suu Kyi has been a of rite-of-passage for foreign journalists. But with reforms come new items on journalist's checklist.
In Myanmar (Burma) the tide of democracy is growing. But Aung San Suu Kyi rightly cautions foreign investors that the country still has no ‘rule of law.’ The US must continue to support those working to further human rights and civil society while carefully watching Burma's generals.