September 23, 2017

Fifth Media Development Conference set for November in Yangon

Participants discuss at the Media Development Thematic Working Group (MDTWG) in Yangon. Photo: Zaw Min Latt
Participants discuss at the Media Development Thematic Working Group (MDTWG) in Yangon. Photo: Zaw Min Latt

For the fifth time, a media development conference will take place in Yangon in November, according to a Media Development Thematic Working Group (MDTWG) that met in Yangon yesterday.
The outcomes of the MDTWG meeting will be brought to the 5th media conference which is expected to be held on 7 or 8 November, said Mr. Sandar Umar Alam, Head of the UNESCO Yangon Office, adding that the conference involving the parliament, Ministry of Information and local and ethnic media is set to hold discussions on a wide range of matters including security and safety of media professionals and development of community-based media.
During the MDTWG meeting, those present discussed legal matters, the Information Ministry’s plan to launch an English version e-newspaper, access to authentic information, measures to facilitate communication channels between the government’s spokespersons and the media and preparatory works for the November conference.
Dr Ma Thida, chair of Pen Myanmar, expressed her view that the meeting paved the way for further discussions to produce better results.
Deputy Director-General Dr Daw Thida Tin of the Information and Public Relations Department elaborated on the Information Ministry’s efforts for media development, saying that the ministry will cooperate with DW, the German broadcaster, to enable viewers to visit the MRTV website via iPhone, sign an agreement on the establishment of libraries with Myanmar Book Aid and organize a Book Fair near the IPRD Office.
An online newspaper in English will be launched, added the deputy director-general.
The MDTWG meeting brought together responsible persons from more than 30 local and foreign media.— Myat Sandi Thin Zaw

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