Thursday, September 24

Myanmar to cooperate with Unesco in drafting media law

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YANGON: Myanmar Ministry of Information will cooperate with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in drafting a media law, Xinhua news agency reported, citing local official media report Saturday.

The ministry is drafting the media law in accord with the constitutional provisions and based on international and regional norms and standards, said the New Light of Myanmar.

Under the cooperation between the ministry and UNESCO, a discussion will be held on the media role that can guarantee press freedom, responsibility and accountability in promoting democracy.

A workshop on printing and television laws will also be held under the collaboration between the ministry’s personnel and ICT experts from UNESCO.

Meanwhile, the first ever workshop on media development in democratic society participated by eight countries — Indonesia, host Myanmar, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the United States was held here last Monday.

The workshop, which discussed media-related laws and publication, was jointly organised by Myanmar Writers and Journalists Association (MWJA) and Singapore’s Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC).

According to official sources, the ongoing third session of Myanmar’s two-house parliament is to discuss bill on printing press and publication law among others, Xinhua said.

Since the new government took over in March last year, its reform measures included easing some restrictions on the media. –Bernama