Nay Pyi Taw, 24 Feb — A workshop on Understanding International Standards on Freedom of Expression and Elections, jointly organized by the Union Election Commission and Myanmar Journalists Association, took place at the office of the commission on Tuesday.
During the workshop, Dr. Pierre and Mr. Oliver Spencer of Article 19 made presentations of international standards, relationship between elections and print and broadcast media, reporting fair and balanced election stories, media ethics, dispute resolution and the role of media in monitoring the elections.
Together with U Kyaw Swa Min, MJA’s secretary-2, they answered questions raised by those present.
In his speech, Union Election Commission Chairman U Tin Aye pledged cooperation with political parties, civil society organizations, media and observers for successful holding of upcoming elections which is schedule to be held in late October or early November this year.
Highlighting the role of media to educate the people about elections, the UEC chairman stressed the importance of transparency, sincerity and trust between the commission and media and called for balanced reporting without having political partisan and cult of personality. He also called on respective sub-commissions to closely cooperate with the media. MNA