MPC’s 2nd paper reading session, book sales festival kicks off

Yangon Region Hluttaw Speaker U Tin Maung Tun, PPD Director-General U Aung Myo Myint and Hanthawady U Ohn Kyaing cut ribbon to open the MPC’s second paper reading session. Photo: Zaw Min Latt
Yangon Region Hluttaw Speaker U Tin Maung Tun, PPD Director-General U Aung Myo Myint and Hanthawady U Ohn Kyaing cut ribbon to open the MPC’s second paper reading session. Photo: Zaw Min Latt

The opening ceremony of the Myanmar Press Council’s (MPC) second paper reading session, conducted under the theme of “Democratic State of Myanmar and the establishment of a strong fourth pillar”, was held at the Information Ministry’s Printing and Publishing Department (PPD) Central Press Building, Theinbyu Street, Yangon, yesterday morning.
At first, Yangon Region Hluttaw Speaker U Tin Maung Tun, PPD Director-General U Aung Myo Myint and paper reading session organising committee chairman MPC Vice Chairman (1) U Ohn Kyaing (Hanthawady U Ohn Kyaing) cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the MPC’s second paper reading session and book sales festival, and then visited the bookshops in the compound.
Next, the opening ceremony of MPC’s second paper reading session was held at the PPD Hall where Yangon Region Hluttaw Speaker said knowledge is gained when experts read papers, and by holding such a paper reading session, many unknown topics become known. Citizens and the youth will also be encouraged to read books and literature. Thus, holding of similar events should continue, said the Yangon Region Hluttaw Speaker.
Paper reading session organising committee chairman MPC Vice Chairman (1) U Ohn Kyaing (Hanthawady U Ohn Kyaing) said, “If journalists and media personnel ask whether there is press freedom today, my view is things such as freedom are neither asked for, nor can they be owned. The duty and responsibility of journalists/media personnel is to write to serve the people; and as the eyes of the people, they have to write what they know and see. This is our right as journalists and media personnel. This right is also granted under the Constitution. This paper reading session was held with the aim of establishing a strong ‘fourth pillar’, the media, when a democratic system is established.”
Later, paper reading session organising committee chairman, committee members, moderators, authors of the papers and invited guests took a commemorative group photo.
The ceremony was attended by chairmen and officials of MPC, literature, printing, publishing and news media organisations, Myanmar Writers Association, Myanmar Motion Picture Organisation, Myanmar Music Association, invited guests and media personnel.
The book sale festival consisted of more than a hundred bookshops, which were visited by book lovers and the public.
At the paper reading morning session, which was held after the opening ceremony, moderators MPC Vice Chairman (2) Dr. Myo Thant Tin and MPC information official U Myint Kyaw introduced the authors of the papers.
U Ohn Kyaing (Hanthawady U Ohn Kyaing) and U Ye Myint Pe then read their papers titled “Democratic State of Myanmar and the establishment of a strong fourth pillar” and “Image of the life of a journalist.”
In the afternoon at the paper reading session, moderators MPC member U Chit Naing (Chit Naing – Philosophy) and MPC joint secretary (2) U Kyaw Swa Min introduced the authors of the papers.
Dr. Tin Hlaing (Bo Hlaing) and Professor Dr. Myint Maung Maung then read their papers titled “Establishment of Myanmar Press Council and its future work” and “New media sector and public health.” The authors of the papers responded to questions raised by the attendees of the paper reading session, and the PPD Director-General presented cash awards to the moderators and authors of the papers.
The paper reading session will continue on 6 May, where Dr. Maung Maung San, U Myat Khaing (MJA), U Naing Maung and U Kyi Naing (MWU), U Nyunt Tin (Maung Nyein Thu – Gyobinkauk) (MWA), U Chit Win Maung (MJU) and U Zeya (Thargyi Maung Zeya) will read papers titled “World of the Jimmy and our world”, “Battles of press freedom”, “Review of present news media”, “Journalists and ethics”, “Status of media freedom during the NLD government”, and “Rakhine State affair and usage of a peaceful newspaper”, respectively.—Yi Yi Myint, Ohnmar Thant

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