Ministry of Information champions information access for deaf community

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Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint addresses the meeting on ensuring rights of access to information for the deaf community in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA

The Ministry of Information is committed to cooperating with relevant organisations to ensure rights of access to information for the deaf community in Myanmar, said Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint.
He made the remark at a meeting in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
“It is vital importance for disabled people to get equal rights”, Dr. Pe Myint said.
Besides the rights to basics such as food, clothing and shelter, members of the physically challenged community also need easy access to information, he added.
Cooperation is being made between the Ministry for Information and the Ministry for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement in transmitting news using sign languages on state-run television.
“Starting from September 1, 2015, broadcasting of local news using sign language has been aired. Next we could broadcast announcements, educative talks and information regarding rights of voting for the handicapped”, said Dr. Pe Myint.
These days, media is a powerful weapon which can influence the people, he said. As for the ministry, plans are underway to broadcast weather reports and other educative talks. The ministry is still planning to broadcast many new programmes which can be accessed and understood by the physically and mentally challenged, he said.
The Ministry of Information will cooperate with other relevant ministries and organisations to ensure equal rights and implement successful programmes.
Director U Kyaw Kyaw, Advisor Daw Yu Yu Swe and other officials explained the purposes of holding this discussion and challenges they faced in the process. Regarding the presentation, Director Daw Moe Thuzar Aung clarified the implementation processes and other related missions of the Ministry.

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