Four estates reach 16 agreements at workshop in Nay Pyi Taw

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Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than welcomes Saudi Arabian Ambassador Mr Sahal Moustafa Ahmed Ergesous.
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Union Minister Dr Pe Myint addresses the workshop of four estates.

A workshop attended by personnel from the four estates — legislative, executive, Judiciary and press — concluded yesterday in Nay Pyi Taw, reaching 16 agreements including right of access to information and full cooperation between government officials and media personnel.
At the workshop, Union Minister for Information Dr Pe Myint called on personnel from the three estates to ensure transparency of their works as they are elected by the people, urging them to have better cooperation with media personnel.To avoid friction with personnel from the three estates and to clear obstacles when they practise the press freedom, the media personnel should understand the difficulties of other estates and work to promote media freedom and democracy in the country by encouraging the adoption of necessary laws, rules and procedures to guide and regulate their behavior, he added.
Participants of the workshop openly discussed giving correct information to the people and right of access to information.At the workshop, the three estates collectively asked media personnel to wear accreditation cards when they gather news at governmental offices while the fourth estate side urged the regional and state governments to assign spokespersons at the offices.
The Myanmar Media Council would give media training to reporters and governmental spokespersons and conduct workshops in order to promote the media sectors in regions and states, according to the workshop.
Regarding court reporting, the workshop also reached an agreement to promote court reporting in terms of encouraging full cooperation between information officers at the courts and the court reporters in accordance with the court reporting procedures.
Besides, media corners will be established at governmental offices and parliaments, according to the workshop.Right of equal access to information would be ensured to reporters at offices of the regional and state governments.
One of the 16 agreements is that regional and state parliaments will issue one-year accreditation cards to the parliamentary reporters. Such kinds of workshops are expected to be held in regions and states.The workshop came to an end with concluding remarks by Union Minister Dr Pe Myint.

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