Lack of press freedom mars Lao media anniversary

Reporters in Laos must cover the news in greater depth, an official said as the country marked the 65th anniversary of Media and Publication Day, but sources claim journalists are hamstrung by a lack of press freedom in the communist nation, with the public increasingly turning to social media for information.

At a ceremony on 13 August in the capital Vientiane, Lao Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Bosengkham Vongdala reviewed achievements made by the country’s Media and Publication sector over the last 65 years as the voice of the Communist Party, the State and the People of Laos.

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