Published on Monday, 02 September 2013 20:13
"I don’t mean to demand too much press freedom," said Kyaw Min Swe, secretary of Myanmar Press Council in a meeting with President Thein Sein.
The meeting held in Nay Pyi Taw on September 1 was the first for the interim Press Council (MPC), allowing them to voice their demands and disagreements concerning various media laws.
The President said that the media in Myanmar could not compete against that of democratic countries that had been 200 years in existence. Many requirements had still to be fulfilled by the media.
"The President explained to us about reliance on the media. The media in Myanmar is different from that of other democratic nations. Weaknesses are still being seen in the media. The media can point out the weaknesses of the government. The discussion with the President was a pleasure for us," said Kyaw Min Swe.
In response to the difficulties faced by independent media houses to report on government business as well as police matters, the President replied that he would address these issues and help build mutual trust.
The MPC was formed in September 2012 to help participate in drafting the media law. The Ministry of Information submitted its own Printing and Publishing bill ignoring the MPC's input which was much criticised by journalist associations.
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