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Views on the World Press Freedom Day and second anniversary of the Daily Eleven

May 3 has been marked as the World Press Freedom Day. The Daily Eleven, which began publishing on May 3, 2013, has reached its second anniversary. The following are the views of prominent people from various fields on the World Press Freedom Day and the second anniversary of the Daily Eleven.

Japan to help build stadium

Japan is planning to help Myanmar to build an 80,000-seater stadium in 2019.

Toshiaki Endo MP, chief secretary of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, made the offer during a meeting with Tint San, minister for sports.

The MP stressed the importance of sporting development, saying the project director to build the stadium had joined the Japanese delegation. 

Hlaingthaya marks May Day with ceremony

Yangon – A ceremony to mark International Workers’ Day was held in Hlaingthaya, Yangon, on May 1, attended by President’s Office Minister Aung Min and Aye Myint, labour, employment and social security minister.

Students to apply for bail

Thirteen distance-learning students detained in Thayawaddy Prison are going to apply for bail at their next trial on May 12 and 13, according to their lawyers. 

“At the trial we will apply for bail for the 13 distance learning students. Some are under 18,” said advocate Thein Than Oo. 

Ex-judge still on run

A former judge who is charged under the anti-corruption law is still at large after nearly four months on the run.

Former deputy district judge U Shwe from Taungoo District in Bago Region is accused of receiving bribes.

"The case against him is filed at the Bago Regional Court. It's still active and he is still at large," said Than Aung, a member of Nay Pyi Taw Anti-Corruption Commission.

Chinese swamps Myanmar speakers at Wa schools

In Panghsan, which hosts the headquarters of United Wa State Army, in the Wa self-administered zone, most pupils use the Chinese language.

Around 300 children studying at the Panghsan Basic Education High School (BEHS) use the Myanmar language. The Ministry of Border Affairs funds the school. 

However, between 800 and 1,000 pupils attend several Chinese-language schools.

The Panghsan BEHS exams are held in Tant Yang, 100 miles away.

Eleven Media chiefs face 13th court hearing for three hours

At the 13th hearing in the case between the Ministry of Information and the Eleven Media Group (EMG), Kyaw Zin Soe, an assistant director at the ministry, admitted that the authorities had purchased a printing press worth Euro 735,000 (US$823,000) in 2009.

The hearing took place on Thursday in Nay Pyi Taw. The lawyers representing Eleven Media raised questions on prosecution witness Kyaw Zin Soe (Assistant Director-Admin) of plaintiff Kyaw Soe.

Police tighten security for students’ court hearing in Thayawady

Thayawady- Students and supporters arrested for their involvement in the main boycott column against the National Education Law were brought to trial for the first time at Thayawady District Court on April 30, after the authorities had changed the court citing security reasons.

The hearing took place amid tight security. Court officials made everyone who attended the hearing, including the parents of the defendants and journalists, sign a form promising to follow court regulations.

Hundreds of Myanmar workers escape to Myawady to evade investigations

News of May Day investigations at factories in Thailand’s Tak Province haveseen hundreds of Myanmar workers without work permits escape across the border to Myawady.

Hordes of workers managed to avoid a raid in Maepa district in which 93 Myanmar workers were captured.

“Investigation means arrests. We do not have any permits because no permits were made for us. That’s why we ran as soon as we heard” said a worker currently hiding in Myawady.

Student leader hits out at Thein Sein’s bureaucratic regime

Thein Sein’s reformist government is still adictatorial system that uses a tiered bureaucracy to crush dissent, the student leader Min ThweThit told reporters outside a court hearing for student demonstrators in Thayawady on Thursday.

The activist said the bureaucratic regime was to blame for the arrest of student protestors despite an explicit promise from government negotiators not to arrest the boycotters.