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Media Development Issue: 6th Media Development Conference

7 December 2017

The 6th Media Development Conference began on Thursday in Yangon with the theme “Strategies & way forward”.

Media Pluralism and its sustainability, professionalism, safety of the journalists and legal sector are on the agenda. The flow of accurate and non biased information in time is important for media development, the experts stressed.

Ministry of Information is working on Rights to Information Law – the draft is under discussion at Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Legal Affairs And Special Cases Assessment Commission, Deputy Director General from the ministry said.

Deputy Director General, Ministry of Information, Dr. Thidar Tin said “Both media organizations and governmental organizations have to follow the dos and don’ts and ethics for the accurate information – it will help the media develop. We’ve have been working on Rights to Information Law and the draft is under discussion at Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Legal Affairs And Special Cases Assessment Commission. Enactment will take time as there will be discussions with many sectors including private.”

The capacity of the government officials should be built in order to practice the law regarding giving accurate information, when the law comes out, secretary of Myanmar Press Council said.

Secretary, Myanmar Press Council, Thiha Saw said “I believe it will take time to train the officials to practice the law in order to give information even though the law comes out. I think practicing the 2012 News media law is weak. That means access to information is still weak. So, we are now amending it.”

Access to information contributes to the Media Pluralism and its sustainability, Country Director of Internews said.

Country Director, Internews, Michael Pan said “The existence of a media organization depends on the understanding of what audience is supposed to know and content creation. Rights to information are essential for it. So in order to release this important law, the voice of concerned organizations needs to be listened.”

This conference is set to be held for two days till Friday.