The formation of the Myanmar Broadcasters Association (MBA) was officially announced by Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein at the Sky Star hotel in Yangon yesterday.
In his speech, the chief minister said the news media played a crucial role in encouraging public participation in politics alongside the executive, legislative and judicial branches to enhance the democratic system in the country. He recognised the role the media had played throughout the country’s democratic movement, describing it as a milestone in the history of the country.
According to MBA Chairman U Khin Maung Htay, the association was formed with representatives of the broadcasting agencies across the country. He urged the media community to join hands with the association in enabling the country’s media to keep abreast of the international media.
The Ministry of Home Affairs approved the formation of the Myanmar Broadcasters Association on 8 August this year, with officials saying that a committee has been formed to review the Broadcasting Law and write its rules and regulations.
The MBA is formed with the representatives of 15 media agencies. It has plans to conduct training programmes and workshops in partnership with its partner media agencies, including DW Akademie, Germany’s leading organisation for international media development.—Min Thit