Myanmar gov't reforms provisional press council to handle media affairs

Source:Xinhua Published: 2012-9-19 20:22:41

Myanmar's new government has reformed a 29-member provisional Myanmar Press Council (MPC) to deal with media affairs before a press media law is formally enacted by the parliament, official media reported Wednesday.

The provisional press council was re-set up with retired Supreme Court Judge U Khin Maung Aye as chairman, USe Thein, noted writer and journalist, as vice-chairman, Chief editor of the private Voice Weekly Journal U Kyaw Min Swe as secretary.

New Minister of Information U Aung Kyi stressed on Tuesday's meeting of forming the council the need to strive for promoting the integrity of each and all press organizations, expressing his belief that those with a sense of freedom, responsibility and accountability would be able to strive for the temporary MPC to become an association of high dignity.

The provisional press council formation involves doyen literati, those from Myanmar Writers Association, Myanmar Journalist Association, Myanmar Printing and Publishing Entrepreneurs Association, Myanmar Publishers Association, Myanmar Press Union, Myanmar Journalists Network and those from media world.

Before the government made a major reshuffle of its cabinet on Aug. 27, the ministry had formed a 20-member core press council early in the month which was said to include most non-media persons.

The reformation of the provisional press council also came more than three weeks after domestic media publication control was totally liberalized, cancelling prior official scrutiny as previously done.

The media liberalization under the fifth phase covers 86 journals, 55 magazines, books, calendars, post cards, formal messages, manuscripts of music and songs, and embassy publications.

Beginning June 2011, the authorities had been undertaking media reform measures phase by phase.

According to earlier figures of the ministry, there are about 200 private-run journals and over 200 magazines being published in Myanmar periodically, while the number of private publishers now

stands as nearly 7,000.

Myanmar's Ministry of Information administered various types of media, information and publication.

In the print media sector, some five state newspapers -- Myanma Alin, the Mirror, New Light of Myanmar, Myawaddy and Yadanapon are also being published daily.

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