Obama is right to visit Myanmar (Burma)

The apparent end of censorship has unleashed a veritable media gold rush in Myanmar (Burma). On his visit there, President Obama should encourage the country's wave of democratic reforms by highlighting the urgent need for free and open media to reach all parts of the country.

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    Mugs with images of President Obama and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi are sold at a shop in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma), Nov. 16. On Monday, Mr. Obama will be the first US president to visit the country. Op-ed contributor David Hoffman writes: 'Once skeptical, I returned from Myanmar this week stunned by the breadth of democratic changes happening across the political, media, and economic landscape.'

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