After Myanmar journalists decry proposed press law as a step backward, gov't backs off for now

Myanmar journalists just getting used to their new era of freedom howled when the government announced plans for a media law that could lock many old restrictions back into place. Then, in the latest of many moves that never would have happened under the country's old military rulers, the government backed off.

A bill restricting publishers was drawn up by the Ministry of Information without input from press groups. The information minister has said publications he describes as "poisonous" make the bill necessary.

It might still become law. But journalists' complaints helped scuttle plans to approve it as soon as this week.

Now the changes won't be considered until June at the earliest, and only after government officials consult with journalists.