Yangon, 29 June 2016
Myanmar Press Council (MPC) held a daylong discussion with various ethnic media editors on the issue of ethnic media developments in the country.
The discussion, held at Submit Park View in Yangon on Tuesday, had witnessed the participation of MPC chairmen U Khin Maung Lay alias U Pho Thoutkyar along with several MPC members and 18 ethnic media group editors.
The MPC chairmen pointed out that he wanted to encourage the ethnic media outlets based in border areas of Burma as those can play a vital role for their dedicated reader-audience as like as the mainstream media houses.
The participating editors presented their point of views and also difficulties to run their media groups in ethnic areas of Burma.
Ma Sam Mai from Myinkyina journal said in an interview that she expected such a meet earlier by the MPC, but anyhow she welcomed the initiative as it was beneficial for the ethnic media workers.
“Lot of conflicts is still going on in ethnic areas of Burma. We face many problems gathering correct information from government officials and ethnic arm groups. Sometime we face threats on our lives. We took advantage of the meet to narrate our difficulties while collecting correct news from those areas,” she added.
Besides the difficulties in news gathering, the ethnic editors also highlighted the financial crisis, sustainable technology, safety of working journalists etc in the meet.
MPC member U Myint Kyaw informed that the ethnic media editors raised many issues for discussion in the meeting. Many issues were related to the MPC, which they would try resolved. However some issues were concerned to the government, which would be forwarded by the MPC very soon.