A dozen daily print periodicals hit the streets running after government reforms in the media _ and while it's become a futile battle to post gains, journalists struggling for breath in the saturated market persevere for new-found freedoms. On shoestring budgets in leaky offices, media owners are converting old residential apartments into newsrooms.
But Ross Dunkley's Myanmar Times is housed in a historic building refurbished by internationally acclaimed architects. It has desktop computers for the staff and seemingly endless rows of glass and steel; the hardwood stairs to the second floor climb over a fish pond. His media conglomerate began 13 years ago when there was no competition _ except for the government's English-language mouthpiece The New Light of Myanmar.
Now Dunkley, like the marginalised media that once stood beneath him, faces the challenge of finding success amid saturation. And Dunkley, the founder of The Myanmar Times, may arguably fall behind these small outlets. Ongoing legal battles not only prohibit his English- and Myanmar-language papers from being granted a daily licence, but threaten the dissolution of the entire company where some 350 are employed.
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