Commander-in-Chief meets Myanmar Press Council

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing meets with Myanmar Press Council members led by Chairman Hanthawaddy U Ohn Kyaing in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. PHOTO: KYAW YE SWE
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing meets with Myanmar Press Council members led by Chairman Hanthawaddy U Ohn Kyaing in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. PHOTO: KYAW YE SWE

Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing received a delegation of Myanmar Press Council members led by Chairman Hanthawaddy U Ohn Kyaing in the Bayinnaung Guest Hall in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
During the meeting, the Senior General discussed promoting relations between the Tatmadaw and the Myanmar Press Council and said the Tatmadaw was always ready to be on friendly terms with the MPC and any other organization. He had always viewed the media as the fourth pillar of the nation and believed the legislative, executive, judiciary and media sectors all play an important role in strengthening national development, said the Senior General. He said peace and stability within the country was important and one of the duties of the media was to make sure that national development trod firmly and surely along its intended trajectory. No matter what kind of pressure was exerted, it was the duty of every citizen to ensure the best interest of the country, and likewise as both the Tatmadaw and the MPC were citizens of this country, it was their duty as well, said the Senior General.
Next, an official read a statement from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services on achieving ceasefire and lasting peace, on behalf of the Commander-in-Chief.
Afterwards, MPC Chairman Hanthawaddy U Ohn Kyaing said the meeting with the Tatmadaw produced positive agreements, adding that the Commander-in-Chief said he would arrange for private media agencies to be able to gather news throughout the states and regions by consulting with the relevant ministry of border affairs and security to gather news from their respective state or regional minister. The Chairman said this would create new opportunities for news gathering. He said the Tatmadaw would, except for military operations, impart relevant news concerning their functions. He said the Tatmadaw would insert advertisements relating to it in private newspapers and a workshop on news publishing between the Tatmadaw and news agencies would be held in Yangon next month. The MPC Chairman said the Tatmadaw would routinely hold press conferences and added that yesterday’s meeting further strengthened the existing relations between the Tatmadaw and the MPC. —Thura Zaw (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

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