Jonah Fisher is Myanmar's first resident correspondent
Jonah Fisher has become the BBC's first resident correspondent in Myanmar, the country also known as Burma.
His appointment comes shortly after the BBC was given permission to open its first news bureau in the country, reversing decades of censorship and repression.
Fisher - who will be based in Yangon - has a long career reporting from other countries for the BBC, including Eritrea, Sudan, South Africa, Nigeria and most recently Thailand.
In an interview with World Service's Outside Source on Tuesday, Fisher said the government officials in Myanmar had been welcoming.
'There's been an ongoing relationship between the BBC and the authorities of Myanmar for quite some time,' he told presenter Ros Atkins.
'They have been giving us short-term visas for over a year now. So the fact that they have given the BBC permission to have someone based here permanently is just a further sign, really, of that process of engagement between the government and the BBC.
'I think the government wants us here in the sense that they can point to that and say it's further proof that their reform processes are actually going places,' he added.
He explained that he will not 'temper' his reporting to suit a particular agenda, because no deal was struck to allow him to work from within the country.
'We'll be reporting the way we have always done, pretty fearlessly across all the issues which matter here in Myanmar,' he said. 'If that does mean the relationship deteriorating and them asking me to leave the country, so be it. We've got a real responsibility to our audiences not to compromise what we are doing as journalists just to ensure that we can stay in place.'
Fisher will be covering Myanmar's historic elections in 2015, in which Aung San Suu Kyi is expected to win by a large majority, although the constitution at the moment bars her from becoming president.
The Ministry of Information in Myanmar granted the BBC permission to open a news bureau in the country in December 2013.
BBC Burmese, a service that has been available since 1940, already has a presence there, as does Media Action, the BBC charity that has been training Burmese journalists.