August 19, 2016

Approved broadcasting law still needs amending: DVB’s chief editor

Union Minister U Ye Htut discusses at the conference on Myanmar’s broadcasting law.
Union Minister U Ye Htut discusses at the conference on Myanmar’s broadcasting law.

THE Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) organised a conference on Myanmar’s broadcasting law in Yangon yesterday.
In his opening speech, DVB’s Chief Editor U Aye Chan Naing stressed that the Broadcasting Law, which was passed by the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw in August last year, needs amending.
“We have been frank about this issue with the incumbent government and we need to be so with the incoming government as well,” the chief editor said, adding that the conference was aimed to encourage the emergence of more independent broadcasting media.
Information Union Minister U Ye Htut said that his ministry started to study the media reform in 2008, resulting in the establishment of a new body to implement the media development in 2011. The union minister pointed out the need to stick to a set of five indicators for media development endorsed by the United Nations, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, if the law was to be modified. The country developed its broadcasting law in collaboration with international organisations to ensure its best efficiency and potential, with the union minister stressing the need to feed reliable news to the public.
U Aung Shin, a member of NLD’s central committee and an incharge of the party’s information centre, described media as an effective tool for dissemination of news to the people, calling for combined efforts to make the broadcasting law as flawless as possible. The discussions of the law focused on the four areas — the review of the law, provision of public media, the handling of private media and the formation of a body responsible for permission of channels.
The outcomes of the group discussions will be announced today.


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