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FUTURE OF MEDIA — Discussions focus on structure of broadcasting law

Experts and media personnel attend the two-day conference on the Broadcasting Law. Photo: MNA
Experts and media personnel attend the two-day conference on the Broadcasting Law. Photo: MNA

A CONFERENCE on the Broadcasting Law took place at Park Royal Hotel in Yangon from 19 to 20 March, with participants discussing such topics as production, criteria for public broadcasting services and the management of broadcasting services.
Union Minister for Information U Ye Htut expressed his view that ministries of information and communications should be combined in the future.
He also expressed disapproval of proposed ideas to abolish the cross-ownership and to blend community radio with public service.
“I do not agree because such ideas are contrary to internationally accepted norms”, said the Union minister, calling for fair competition in the media sector.
The incumbent government has carried out some media reform by abolishing media censorship and allowing private dailies to publish, press organisations to form, and foreign correspondents to cover news by being based in Myanmar.
The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw passed the Broadcasting Law in August last year.
Daw Khin Ma Win of the ABC News Agency welcomed the proposed shift from state-owned media to the public service broadcasting, stressing the government’s role in developing frameworks.
After the conference, the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) organised a debate on the structure of the broadcasting law. DVB’s deputy news director U Khin Maung Win, former director U Aung Than Soe of the Office of the Union Attorney-General, columnist U Sithu Aung Myint and general manager U Than Htwe Zaw of Cherry FM led the discussions during the debate.—Ye Khaung Nyunt/Myat Sandy Thin Zaw

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