Myanmar, formerly Burma, is an Asian country plagued with economic warfare and strict media censorship and regulations that have been prolonged due to isolation and mismanagement. Although Myanmar currently has 55 million people living in poverty and is one of the least developed countries in the world, it was once one of the wealthiest countries in Southeast Asia. With its vast resources (it was once one of the largest exporters of rice and even produced 75% of the worlds teak), there is potential for Myanmar to find its place on the world map again. However, the U.S., Canada and others have all placed economic sanctions on the country, hindering economic growth.
In March, 2o11 Thein Sein took office as the first civilian president. In October, Sein was responsible for releasing around 120-200 political prisoners, which fell short of the estimated 6,000 that were to be released, but was progress nonetheless.
Sein is also credited with giving the media more freedom. Myanmar has been under strict censorship laws for decades. In 1962 a coup d'etat began and a Socialist rule was the result, severely limiting the freedom of the media. Today, any articles that relate to politics must still be submitted to a Censorship Board before publication.