Deputy Information Minister calls on international media to help ensure smooth transition to democracy

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Deputy Minister U Aung Hla Tun, fourth from right, with officials and media in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

At his meeting with the top-level officials of some U.S. based media at the Ministry of Information yesterday morning, the Deputy Minister for Information U Aung Hla Tun called on the international media to keep supporting Myanmar to ensure its smooth transition to democracy.
U Aung Hla Tun received Ms. Libby Liu, President of Radio Free Asia; Mr. Matthew Schuck, White House Liaison and Special Communication Advisor to the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG); Ms. Oanh Tran, Managing Director of the BBG and U Than Lwin Tun, Head of Washington-based Voice of America (Myanmar) and U Win Naing, chief of RFA Yangon Bureau at the Ministry yesterday morning.
He expressed sincere thanks to the international media for the important role they had played in the nation’s struggles for the emergence of democracy and human rights.
“We couldn’t have reached present position without the support of the international media. Now, we’re already on the right track to democracy. Our top priority at present is to make sure that we keep moving towards the right direction.”
He said that Myanmar’s transition to democracy was full of challenges.
“We shouldn’t let anything disrupt our smooth transition to democracy so I’d like to request all the international media through you to understand our position and refrain from sensationalizing and setting agendas in carrying out Myanmar narrative,” he added.
He then explained the plans for further reforms of the media to be in harmony with democratic transition and on-going plans to send media teams to Rakhine State. The two sides also discussed the possibility of promoting bilateral cooperation in producing programmes and training staff from the State-owned Myanmar Radio and Television.
Responsible heads of departments were present at the meeting.

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