Media Conference Held in Rangoon
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Media Conference Held in Rangoon

By HPYO WAI THA / THE IRRAWADDY Monday, March 19, 2012

Information Minister Kyaw Hsan delivers the opening address at the Conference on Media Development in Myanmar in Rangoon on March 19, 2012. (Photo: Hpyo Wai Tha/The Irrawaddy)

RANGOON — A media conference jointly organized by Burma's Ministry of Information and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in partnership with International Media Support and Canal France International was held in Rangoon today to discuss media development in the country.

The event, dubbed the “Conference on Media Development in Myanmar,” is a two-day workshop joined by 19 local and international speakers from the media industry. Also in attendance are government officers, embassy representatives, donors and journalists.

According to a UNESCO statement released on March 15, the media is central to upholding and supporting new democratic developments in Burma. Thus the aim of the conference is to share international best practices in media development with local media practitioners, policy makers and civil society, looking at options for future media development in the country.

“We have made a resolve for the success of our ongoing media reforms, and international cooperation is very much important,” said Minister for Information and Culture Kyaw Hsan in his opening speech at the conference.

“We are currently in the process of drafting the new media law, and [will] include the outcome from this conference in the second draft. The outcome of this conference is to promote free and responsible media in Myanmar,” said the minister.

Ye Htut, the ministry's director-general, serves as one of the co-moderators along with journalists and media trainers.

The UNESCO press release said the conference is viewed as a symbol of new times ahead in Burma and sets the foundation for new partnerships that will work to create an enabling environment for media in Burma.

The main sessions of the workshop include Media as a Platform for Democratic Discourse; Media Legislation and Regulation; Media Pluralism and Business Sustainability; Professionalism and Capacity Building; Media Associations and Collective Responsibilities; and Media in Peace Building and National Reconciliation.

On Monday, the first session of the conference, the key speakers were Kavi Chongkittavorn, the chairman of Southeast Asian Press Alliance; Kyaw Min Swe, chief editor of The Voice weekly and Living Color Magazine; and Steve Buckley, the former president of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters.

In another attempt to make media reform, Burma held the National Press Award for the first time on Sunday to honor journalists. In his opening speech, Kyaw Hsan said journalists have to strictly follow the journalistic code of ethics.

The award categories included the best news story; the best feature; the best news photo; the best news cartoon; and the most significant national news photo of the year.

The winner in the final category was a photograph of President Thein Sein meeting opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi last August. The photo, which appeared in the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper, prominently featured a portrait of Aung San, Suu Kyi's father and the founder of Burma's armed forces.

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Moe Aung Wrote:
The expression in Burmese is "the words of an angel from the snout of a dog". The same guy who shed a few tears to emphasize his 'patriotism' and then characterized journalists as a bunch of proverbial red ants. The show must go on.

Ohn Wrote:
Triump of form over substance!

Picture with Aung San got the prize because it is RARE. Rare in any government place. If sincere, take down all ThanbShwe pics (he is "retired" and going to Awizi so not suitable at the pagoda) and replace them with Aung San.

So are we going to report the killings, rapings and land loots, UNESCO? By your patron- Kyaw San's Army and business pals.

Oo Maung Gyi Wrote:
Media and press freedom is very important in a democratic society of modern Burma also call Myanmar. There should not exist censorship, the media peoples know how to make censor with responsibility and accountability. The authority should not press the meadia let them make their own best decision, it the decision is wrong let the face the case at court with responsibility and get penalty froim the court. The state authority should not involve then the rule of law will exist in Burma.

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