December 17, 2016

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State media to connect people and government: Dr Pe Myint

A printing press rolls out dailies at the joint-venture English-language newspaper The Global New Light of Myanmar. The Myanmar government also owns two dailies in Myanmar language and the Myanma Radio and Television broadcasting service. Photo: Aye Min Soe
A printing press rolls out dailies at the joint-venture English-language newspaper The Global New Light of Myanmar. The Myanmar government also owns two dailies in Myanmar language and the Myanma Radio and Television broadcasting service. Photo: Aye Min Soe

INFORMATION Minister Dr Pe Myint presented the new government’s stance on state media at a seminar in Yangon yesterday, stressing that state media will function as a channel of communication between the people and the government by publishing news that provides room for public voices and the expression of dissenting views on government’s policies.
The seminar, the second in a series, was held at the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel under the heading ‘Policy Dialogue’. As part of the government’s media reform campaign, the Union minister explained that state media are fully responsible for paying heed to public voices and responding to their queries and complaints.
“For a country to become developed, the parliament and the government must fulfil the ambitions of the people. We are trying to create public-service media,” he said.
The seminar focused on media development, state media in transition and broadcasting media. Other topics included difficulties facing ethnic-minority media, training in journalism, the development of data journalism in Myanmar and gender equality in the media profession.
The first seminar took place on 21 February in Yangon and was jointly organised by the Myanmar Press Council, Mizzima Media Group and Action Aid Myanmar, in partnership with the Swiss embassy.—Myanmar News Agency

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