Discussion on draft law to amend Television and Video Law (8/1996)

Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint delivers the address at the meeting with departmental officaials and lawmakers  on amending the Television and Video Law (8/1996).  Photo: MNA
Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint delivers the address at the meeting with departmental officaials and lawmakers on amending the Television and Video Law (8/1996).  Photo: MNA

A discussion on the draft law to amend the Television and Video Law (8/1996) was held at the Ministry of Information’s office in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
At the event, Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint explained about the ministry performing its information, education and entertainment duties, in cooperation with other organisations, entities and individuals.
The Union Minister said that everything needs to be conducted according to the enacted laws, but when a law is not in accordance with other enacted laws, it is not useful or is an obstacle or a hindrance, and attempts must be made to amend it
Next, U Saw Hla Tun, member of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s Legal Affairs and Special Cases Assessment Commission, said the law was being amended to prevent and reduce piracy of videos and to develop the motion picture sector.
Later, Dr. Wei Phyo Aung, member of the Pyithu Hluttaw bill committee, said the stage to submit the bill committee’s report had been reached, and the related sectors were holding discussions and coordination meetings. The Hluttaw will discuss establishing a law that is appropriate to the Myanmar movie sector.
Following this, Pyithu Hluttaw Health and Sports Development Committee member Dr. Sein Mya Aye said the day’s discussion would be held with the aim of enabling discussion in the Hluttaw for the establishment of a law that is appropriate for the motion picture sector. Only then can discussion be held in the Hluttaw for the enactment of the law, added the committee member. The laws enacted must be amended if there are difficulties in following it, he said urging the attendees to discuss it openly.
Information and Public Relations Department Director General U Ye Naing then explained that the draft law was prepared because the Television and Video Law (8/1996) was not in accordance with the Constitution and the international motion picture laws. Before a new motion picture law can be enacted, the clauses and fines prescribed in the law are being amended to be in line with the time, explained the Director General.
Myanmar Motion Pictures Organisation Chairman U Zin Wine, Myanmar Music Association Copyright and International Relation Chairman U Myo Swe, Myanmar Thabin Association Vice Chairman U Ne Win, Video (central) Group Chairman U Win Naing, Anti-corruption Commission Member U Han Nyunt, representatives of states/regions governments, and representatives of states/regions video related groups and committees provided discussions and suggestions.
The Union Minister also discussed the amendment proposed on the work licence, video rental, show and distribution, and offences and fines included in the television and video law. — Myanmar News Agency

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