Updated at 10.30 p.m. EST on 2012-07-31
Two popular Burmese weekly magazines have been suspended indefinitely after they speculated on a potential cabinet reshuffle, in a sign that President Thein Sein's administration remains wary of the media even as it pursues reforms.
The government's Press Scrutiny and Registration Division (PSRD), which requires media outlets to submit articles for approval before publication, told The Voice weekly and Envoy magazines Tuesday that they were suspended for violating regulations.
No specific reasons were given, but the two had speculated on details of an expected cabinet reshuffle.
The Voice ran the reshuffle story on the cover page with a satirical cartoon.
"They said this is because [we] do not follow the rules and regulation of the press scrutiny office," Voice chief editor Kyaw Min Swe told RFA, elaborating on the suspension notice.
"As usual, they didn't mention any specific case but cited incidents since June, and [we were] suspended temporarily."
He said that the rules were drawn up during the previous military rule and "in this time of democratic transition, we media folks don't consider them as rules and regulations."
"We consider [the regulations] a block on freedom, so we define them differently," he said.
Envoy Chief editor Zaw Htut Maung also confirmed with RFA that the journal has been suspended indefinitely.
The journal had published a piece on the reshuffle, naming five ministers. It also had carried excerpts from an interview that government parliamentarian Aung Thein Linn gave to a Chinese publication, according to reports.
Editors summonedGovernment censorship chief Tint Swe summoned the editors of the weekly journals on Tuesday and explained the suspensions to them, but his office refused to answer questions posed by RFA.
CORRECTION – RFA has corrected the names of the editors in the eighth and 14th paragraphs.