September 21, 2017

Second Myanmar Editors’ Forum in Yangon focuses on challenges to overcome

Union Minister for Information Dr Pe Myint delivers address at Myanmar Editors Forum in Yangon.
Union Minister for Information Dr Pe Myint delivers address at Myanmar Editors Forum in Yangon.

THE Myanmar Journalist Network (MJN) and the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) jointly organised the second Myanmar Editors’ Forum in Yangon yesterday to seek ways to overcome obstacles and challenges, according to MJN’s General Secretary U Zeyar Hlaing.
According to advisor to the ANFREL Mr Bidhakyak Das, the first forum focused on the opportunities and challenges of the elections and the second on election promises. He spoke of the need for the media to closely monitor whether the election promises were kept or not.
In his response to an interview at the event, Information Union Minister Dr Pe Myint stressed the importance of the media as the fourth pillar, saying that the media should keep a watchful eye on the other three pillars- executive, legislative and judicial- in a bid to redress their functions.
He urged the media to follow the government’s 100-day plan and analyse what went wrong with the plan. “Now all the ministries have spokespersons you (journalists) are able to contact them for information when you want and evaluate how well they can respond to your queries,” Dr Pe Myint said.
Seasoned correspondents, including U Thiha Saw, chairman of the Myanmar Journalists Association, and U Zaw Thet Htwe of the Myanmar Journalist Union, described the government’s ongoing efforts as satisfactory, saying that the government would continue to work for the betterment of the nation.

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