Twenty-eight new members of Myanmar Press Council (MPC) elected the chair, two vice chairs, the secretary, two joint secretaries, treasurer and the auditor as the executive committee members on 8 September in Yangon.
Myanmar News Agency interviewed the chair, vice chair 1 and secretary of the executive committee.
U Ohn Kyaing (Hanthawady U Ohn Kyaing), Chairman
The first is to amend the 2014 Media Law and the 2015 bylaw in accordance with the current situation, because there are limits in the law and the bylaw. A bill in connection with the matter must be submitted to the parliament. The law should stipulate provisions for the involvement of the MPC in the national-level issues and in opposing the international pressures. The current Media Law is weak in dealing with issues such as ICC’s acts to file a lawsuit against Myanmar officials, which amounts to insulting the country’s sovereignty. The MPC should be entrusted with the power to get involved in such matters. Todays’ mediapersons, especially youths, have weakness in knowledge, experience and ethics. We have a plan to set up media schools or even a university to address this problem. All the MPC members are responsible for realizing the above-mentioned facts for the progress of the nation and the media world. We are trying to exert all-inclusive efforts.
Dr Myo Thant Tin, Vice Chairman 1
I have been with the Council since it was just a temporary body. News media is much important in Myanmar, which is on its way to democracy. We enacted a law, followed by the proclamation of bylaws, including the codes of conduct. I took part in the task during the past three years as the vice chair 2. Our main concern then was to support and fulfill the needs of the media persons, in accord with the existing media law, bylaw and codes of conduct. We dealt with the complaints in a balanced way under the law. We did our best in dealing with important matters in connection with the Rakhine issue. We could evaluate the importance of media for the nation. I am elected as the vice chair 1 for the current term. As we have some experience and teamwork, we promise best efforts for the media
U Kyaw Swa Min, Secretary
We will carry out the process of enacting the press law for the benefit of the media sector. Our program includes the amendment of the press law and bylaw, the holding of a meeting between the fourth estate and the other three estates to ensure swift flow of information and mutual understanding, and opening of media schools for the professional qualifications of mediapersons. As there were changes in the top-level members, our accomplishments during the past three years were not satisfactory. Those from the media world will not be satisfied with us as we still have some unsettled issues. We will review the weak points, and hopefully the MPC will become a reliable force for the media people after we have settled the issues.—MNA