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Guerilla Librarian Outlasts Book Censors in Burma

Liz Dwyer

Back in 2009 Rangoon, Burma resident Ye Htet Oo started running an unauthorized library, "and was told he could face three months in jail for every book he lent without permission from the censorship board." He kept at it, hiding banned books in a secret room. Now, thanks to a key government official becoming a covert patron and a regime change, censorship is dying. Secret rooms are a thing of the past and the static library has turned into four mobile libraries bringing books to the masses.

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