August 19, 2016

President urges media to inform and take constructive criticisms

President greets members of Myanmar Press Council.
President greets members of Myanmar Press Council.

THE media are responsible for informing the public of up-to-date information and paying special heed to respect the people’s right of access to information, President U Thein Sein yesterday told the members of the Myanmar Press Council in Nay Pyi Taw.
The newly elected members of the Myanmar Press Council were sworn in with the president in attendance.
In his speech to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on 30 March 2011, President U Thein Sein hinted at legislative and media reforms, promising to take constructive criticisms of democratic transition and recognising the important role the media plays in the process.
The government revoked the strict censorship of the media in August 2012 in line with the constitution, paving the way for the establishment of an interim press council.
The interim press council could focus on the emergence of a media law and ensure that the media were free, accountable and responsible while upholding their prestige. The media law came into effect on 14 March 2014 and its rules and regulations on 17 June 2015.
The press council is responsible for not only protecting the rights of journalists but also feeding information to the public, President U Thein Sein said, stressing the importance of sticking to media ethics.
He urged the press council to be prepared for collective efforts to deal with complaints by drawing lessons from how international press councils take on matters and handle their public affairs.
He praised the media community for their engagement in the abolition of censorship, the enactment of media laws and the establishment of an independent press council.


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