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President’s Certificate of Honour presented to Myanmar Now Chief Reporter

Union Minister for Information Dr Pe Myint presents the President’s Certificate of Honour to Chief Reporter U Swe Win of the Myanmar Now News Agency.
Union Minister for Information Dr Pe Myint presents the President’s Certificate of Honour to Chief Reporter U Swe Win of the Myanmar Now News Agency.

UNION Minister for Information Dr Pe Myint presented the President’s Certificate of Honour to Chief Reporter U Swe Win of the Myanmar Now News Agency for his investigation and reporting of an abuse case of two underage maids at the Ava Tailoring in Kyauktada Township, Yangon yesterday.
During the honouring ceremony in Nay Pyi Taw, the Union minister elaborated on the purpose of presenting the President’s certificate of honour to the Myanmar Now’s Chief Reporter, congratulating his efforts as a journalist who is capable of doing investigative journalism with a spirit of philanthropy in helping people.
While speaking words of thanks, Chief Reporter U Swe Win said that his reporting was an act of humanity, rather than simply part of his job, expressing his view that the presentation of the Certificate of Honour to him shows the new government’s loathe of injustice and its true willingness to ensure the rule of law and effective implementation of the law.
Elaborating on the successful reporting of the abuse case, the Chief Reporter said that his access to a closed door meeting led to better understanding of the whole case and compilation of detailed information.
Acknowledging the situation of the media having access to more information than before, he expressed his belief that the new government is striving for the freedom of media, but pointed out that the case showed the ministries’ statements and press releases are not enough to expose abuse.
He called for a situation in which the media is allowed to freely determine and analyse a news event and stressed the need for having access to more information than information that was given at the press conferences and press releases.
Highlighting the importance of information for analysis, which is better than having a ready-made information sheet with around 200 words, he called for a detailed record of a meeting that the media was not allowed to be present at.
For information that cannot be immediately available for various reasons, it should be disclosed after a certain prescribed period, for example two or three months, added the Chief Reporter.
During his words of thanks, the Chief Reporter expressed his thanks to U Myo Myint Maung, former administrator of Sharbwar village, who arranged to meet with the victims and Investigative Officer Police Inspector Zaw Win Naing of Kyauktada Township Police Station who became deeply involved in investigating the abuse case.
In conclusion, U Swe Win called on the government to provide legal protection to underage workers and maids who have attained the legal age to work and stressed the need for building a mechanism for maids and brokers to register and conduct surprise checks.
He also emphasised the need to bring the full weight of justice against the abusers.
The President’s Certificate of Honour says Chief Reporter U Swe Win of the Myanmar Now News Agency has been honoured by the President for his philanthropic work on humanitarian grounds.

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