June 29, 2017

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Union Minister urges state media to embrace ‘public-facing’ content

Union Minister for Information Dr U Pe Myint meets officials from departments and enterprises of the ministry in Yangon. Photo: MNA
Union Minister for Information Dr U Pe Myint meets officials from departments and enterprises of the ministry in Yangon. Photo: MNA

STATE-OWNED media should report not only departmental press releases but also news that embraces “public-facing content”, said newly appointed Union Minister for Information Dr Pe Myint yesterday in a meeting with departmental officials and correspondents from the state-owned daily newspapers in Yangon.
The Union minister met officials from the departments and enterprises, including chief editors, editors and reporters from state-owned dailies at the Printing and Publishing Department in Yangon.
The new government will strive to turn state-run media into a public-facing platform—a slight change from what the previous government called ‘public service’.
The cabinet members are ultimately accountable to the people and responsible for informing them of their ministerial undertakings, Dr Pe Myint said, stressing the need for the dailies to act as intermediaries between the government and the public.
He urged state-owned papers to focus on news that combats weaknesses, shortages and inconveniences in dealing with governmental departments.
The information minister also hinted at leaving the power to choose news content in the hands of the editors-in-chief.—Myanmar News Agency

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