The Union Minister for Information, the Deputy Minister, personnel from the Nay Pyi Taw printing press under the Printing and Publishing Department and employees from newspaper houses under the News and Periodical Enterprise met yesterday morning at Pho Waziya Hall, Kyemon newspaper house.
The meeting was attended by Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint, Deputy Minister U Aung Hla Tun, Printing and Publishing Department Director General, personnel from Nay Pyi Taw printing press, News and Periodicals Enterprise Managing Director, personnel from Myanma Alinn newspaper house, Kyemon newspaper house, Myanmar News Agency and Nay Pyi Taw newspaper house and officials.
At the meeting, the Union Minister said state-owned newspapers need to provide knowledge and information to readers, must be together with the readers and strive toward becoming a newspaper among the people. It must avoid presentations that are annoying and facts that cause undue concern to the people. It must write in such a way that does not affect international relations and relation between ethnic nationals. Criticisms and comments should be fair and made constructively. Myanmar Digital News produced by News and Periodicals Enterprise had been introduced and it should strive toward becoming the main news agency.
In addition, the Printing and Publishing Department is conducting beneficial works and knowledge for the people while printing textbooks annually for the Ministry of Education. Myanmar encyclopedias that were published 50 years ago are being edited and preparations being made to re-publish it with new additions. Preparations to publish well-known and valuable writings of Myanmar literature is also an honourable and proud pursuit that is being undertaken. Quality is most important in printing. All must not stop at a stage of being good, but strive toward achieving better results by working together, the Union Minister said.
Deputy Minister U Aung Hla Tun said technology is advancing in the world and digital media and online media need to be established. Sooner or later, digital transformation and practices need to be done. However, print media is in existence to date and it can be expected to be around for a certain amount of time. State-owned newspapers should exist as the people’s newspaper and deliver information the government want to provide and people would like to know. Efforts must be made to use technology to distribute and provide better information. Those working in the newsroom need to know the depth of the news, usages in the title or heading, colors to use and avoid and page layouts.
Afterwards, Printing and Publishing Department Director General U Aung Myo Myint, News and Periodicals Enterprise U Kyaw Soe explained about the status of resolving matters submitted and discussed by the staff in the previous meeting.
Personnel from the Printing and Publishing Department and News and Periodicals Enterprise then suggested, discussed and provided their opinions on conducting their works more successfully and their wishes, to which officials offered explanations.
The Union Minister then gave concluding remarks and the meeting came to a close.
Later in the afternoon, the Union Minister and Deputy Minister arrived at Myanma Radio and Television (MRTV) station in Tatkon Township and met with the staff.
In this meeting, the Union Minister commented on publishing timely news, to include images and sounds as well as letters in the Myanmar Digital News. A peace music ceremony and democracy movie festival was successfully held last year. To increase the success of the country’s oldest television work, creation of art and technical expertise should be raised and all the staff need to work together toward progress, said the Union Minister.
Deputy Minister U Aung Hla Tun said Myanma Radio and Television is where the people’s voices are mirrored and it has the duty to spread the news more widely as it is the digital age.
MRTV Director-General U Myint Htway then explained the status of resolving matters submitted and discussed by the staff in the previous meeting.