Journalists and media outlets will no longer be required to submit their work to state censors before it is published.

The announcement by Burma’s Press Scrutiny and Registration Department is the latest in a raft of liberal reforms sweeping the country.

Films, however, is has been said will still be subject to censorship.

The new law will allow journalists covering sensitive political and social issue to write with a degree of freedom not seen since government censorship started 48 years ago.

In addition, a ban on 30,000 internet sites has also been lifted, allowing the Burmese public to access international websites and political coverage for the first time.