August 19, 2016

Media Development Thematic Working Group meets

Experts participate in Media Development Thematic Working Group meeting. Photo: MNA
Experts participate in Media Development Thematic Working Group meeting. Photo: MNA

The Ministry of Information and UNESCO jointly organised a meeting of the Media Development Thematic Working Group at the Chatrium Hotel in Yangon yesterday.
Mr Sardar Umar Alam, UNESCO’s Myanmar resident representative, made the opening speech at the meeting.
Union Minister for Information U Ye Htut also made a speech in which he elaborated on legal matters relating to media and future projects to be implemented.
Next, U Kyi Toe, a member of Information Committee of the National League for Democracy, and U Thiha Saw, secretary of the Media Council, made speeches.
The seminar, aimed at ensuring media development in Myanmar, was also attended by officials from the ministry, local and foreign media, UN agencies and guests.
According to the seminar, another meeting involving media organisations and local and foreign experts is set to be held in March in order to discuss rights to access  to information and a draft law.
Experts’ discussion on media development U Soe Myint of Mizzima Media Group stressed the need not only to review undertakings being carried out for media development but also to plan what to do next, as media freedom is important in a democracy. He also called for collaborative efforts of all stakeholders in the media industry, the government, the lawmakers and international organisations.
He expressed his view that the current government has done as much as it can for the development of the country’s media sector.
Mr Sardar Umar Alam, UNESCO’d Myanmar resident representative, said UNESCO is committed to strengthening the capacity of lawmakers relating to media, adding that the UN agency will work on media development in accordance with prioritised areas set by the next government on the sector.
According to the UNESCO representative, arrangements are being made to hold discussions on the current draft law and other media draft laws with local and foreign experts in March, to strengthen the Media Council and to conduct courses relating to the media sector for parliamentarians in May, June and July.
U Chit Win Maung of Forever Group MRTV-4 acknowledged remarkable changes in the country’s media sector over the last five years. He said he hopes to see more development in the sector.
U Zeya Hlaing, secretary of the Myanmar Journalist Network, said democracy is impossible without freedom of media, stressing the need to provide capacity building support to media persons in Myanmar.—Ye Kaung, Sandi, Yi Yi


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