Calls for independent, non-biased media in Myanmar made on World Press Freedom Day2015

Union Minister U Ye Htut, Pyithu Hluttaw Committee Chairperson Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and officials pose for documentary photo at World Press Freedom Day 2015 ceremony.—MNA
Union Minister U Ye Htut, Pyithu Hluttaw Committee Chairperson Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and officials pose for documentary photo at World Press Freedom Day 2015 ceremony.—MNA

Yangon, 3 May — The Information Ministry and UNECSO on Sunday jointly celebrated World Press Freedom Day 2015 in Yangon, highlighting the importance of quality media in the functioning of a country.
In her speech at the 4th celebration of World Press Freedom Day in Myanmar, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi urged Myanmar journalists at the ceremony to help the upcoming 2015 General Elections to be held in a free and fair manner.
During the event in Yangon Sunday, the chairperson of the National League for Democracy party and the chairperson of the Pyithu Hluttaw Rule of Law and Tranquility Committee also called on journalists to make more efforts as social media has brought press freedom to a certain extent, demanding greater ethics with dignity in journalism as well.
Union Minister for Information U Ye Htut also stressed the importance of conditions of safety for journalists and editorial freedom for achieving quality journalism.
People must seek correct information from anon-biased and independent media and from different sources, he added.
Sardur Umar Alam, Resident Representative of UNESCO, read a message sent by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ Ad Al Hussein, saying that quality journalism enables citizens to make informed decisions about their society’s development and also works to expose injustice, corruption, and the abuse of power.
For this, journalism must be able to thrive in an enabling environment in which journalists can work independently and without undue interference and in conditions of safety, he added.
As part of the celebration, the secretary of the Myanmar Journalists Network, a representative from an ethnic-based media group, a journalism student and a member of parliament held talks on press freedom issues. — GNLM

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