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Media news school opens
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The Myanmar Media Development Conference has been held annually in this context for six years. "On the basis of the results of these meetings, the removal of barriers to the fulfilment of the needs and privileges of the journalist and the development of the media was highlighted," said U Aung Hla Tun. In order to educate reporters, the Department works with colleges such as the Myanmar Journalism Institute and the Myanmar Media Development Centre, he said.
The issuance of journalists' tickets is, however, a matter for media companies and news agencies, he added.
Press say freedom of the press in Myanmar is diminishing
Rangoon - Recent polls show that Chinese media believe that Myanmar's media freedoms are diminishing and that the regime and the army are becoming the biggest threats to an impartial theater. Myanmar Free Express, an interest group promoting free speech and judicial reforms, interviewed 200 working reporters across the nation between December 2017 and April 2018.
Recapitulating the results of the poll, one of the reports says that the journalists' original sense of optimism that the National League for Democracy (NLD)-led regime would take significant moves to enhance media freedoms has been superseded by the perception that not only has there been no reform, but that overall media freedoms have actually worsened.
"According to the Wednesday morning press liberty in 2018, one of the days before World Press Liberty Days, media representatives are disappointed that the federal cabinet has not implemented its electoral program to enhance media freedoms. However, since the inauguration of the regime in March 2016, some regional media have been brought to justice by the country's most influential bodies, up to and including the military.
According to the reports, various legislation continues to be used as a weapon of repression of the media. In the past year, at least 11 reporters were detained under various oppressive legislation for collecting information or travelling to areas of tension to carry out their work and for criticising civil servants. PEN Myanmar Center PEN Myanmar Center Secretaire U Han Zaw said at a Wednesday publication meeting that the anxiety of being prosecuted is increasing among reporters and writers, and added that this has resulted in self-censorship.
"This is a major cause of the demise of media freedom," he said. About 49 per cent of the interviewed reporters believe that they have less free speech than a year ago, while 41 per cent believe that they have the same liberty. But only 11% thought they had more liberty.
It states that reporters believe that the regime and the armed forces are the greatest menace to media freedoms in Myanmar as they continue to apply old repressive legislation that they do not really want to change and introduce new constraints. This also states that the judiciary and its rebellious interpretations of Myanmar's law constitute a significant menace to media freedoms.
"Journals are worried about the courts' reluctance to hear testimonies from experts, referring cases to the Myanmar Council or interpreting legislation in support of Myanmar's new democracy goals," the reports say. Said the poll is proof that Myanmar's media freedoms are diminishing as a result of journalists' notions.
It provides a more sound foundation for law reforms than just the views of civic organisations, Yin Yadanar Thein said. "There are a great many oppressive acts, even in the penal code. It is neglected by the regime to do away with them. Notwithstanding the impossibility of abolition, they could make changes in favour of free speech", she said.
There are five key points in the reports to the administration and military: open and comprehensive consultation with reporters on legislative changes, which include both legislative changes and changes in the behaviour of the administration's staff; ending the state media regime, complete with the use of media, for example the use of the army; immediately removing all obstacles to media entry into areas of dispute; ensuring that no public servant who is officially appointed to the administration files a lawsuit against a reporter until the legislative changes have been put into effect; and ensuring that all accusations of violent acts against reporters are dealt with in a transparent manner.
Forwarded to the Ministry of Information, the Myanmar Council and the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission. The 2018 Reporter Without Borders Index of Media Liberties ranks 137 out of 180 evaluated states. Last week's publication of the EU's latest edition of the EU's General Affairs and External Relations Review mirrors the increasing hostility towards media around the globe.