Jan. 3 - Prisoners walk free after an order to reduce jail terms takes effect in Myanmar, while political prisoners remain behind bars. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
(ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Authorities in Myanmar started releasing prisoners held in Yangon's Insein Prison on Tuesday. Myanmar President Thein Sein has commuted death sentences to life in prison and cut the terms to be served by other prisoners in a gesture to mark Independence Day, state media said on Monday. But it appeared no political prisoners would be freed. The nominally civilian government that took office last March has begun to implement gradual political and economic reforms. In October, it released around 230 political prisoners jailed by the former junta.