Myanmar signs Memorandum of Understanding to support media development

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The signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding with International Media Support and Fojo Media Institute (IMS-Fojo) signals a continued commitment by the Myanmar government to support activities that promote development of professional and free media in Myanmar.
“The signing of the MoU allows us to continue our efforts to support independent and professional media that supports the ongoing democratic reform and peacebuilding processes in Myanmar. Our programme benefits a range of local partners, representing the media, civil society, and key institutions, explains Myo Min Htike, IMS-Fojo Programme Manager in Myanmar.

The two organizations have been engaged in Myanmar since 2012 with a wide-range of activities that range from technical support to new media-related laws, the establishment of self-regulatory system in the media sector, the establishment of the Myanmar Journalism Institute, strengthened role of journalist associations, and research and initiatives that promote greater gender equality in the media.

MM MoU 2017 3U Maung Pe, Director General of IPRD from Ministry of Information and on behalf of IMS and Fojo, the IMS Deputy Head of Department for Asia, Esben Harboe signs the Memorandum of Understanding. During the signing ceremony, U Maung Pe, Director General of IPRD from Ministry of Information expressed his appreciation of the work that IMS-Fojo has carried out in support of media development, and stressed the need for the government to work closely with civil society organizations on media law reforms:

“It is essential for us that new media law reforms are the result of inclusive processes. One example is Right to Information law, which are being developed considering submissions and input from civil society groups. These efforts should go hand in hand with media development, including development of media that reach all communities in our country,” the Director General explained.

Signing the MoU on behalf of IMS and Fojo, the IMS Deputy Head of Department for Asia, Esben Harboe, commended the continued commitment of Ministry of Information and the NLD-government to provide the space for organizations such as IMS and FOJO to actively support media reform.

MM MoU 2017 1During the signing ceremony, U Maung Pe, Director General of IPRD from Ministry of Information, together with Esben Harboe, IMS Deputy Head of Department for Asia, Agneta Söderberg-Jacobson, Fojo Programme Manager for Myanmar, and Myo Min Htike, IMS-Fojo Programme Manager in Myanmar.“Our priority and that of our partners is to support genuine efforts to develop independent and accountable media. Despite Myanmar’s many gains in this area we cannot take fundamental freedoms such as the right to free expression and access to reliable information for granted. A vibrant, professional and independent media sector will help advance good governance, fight corruption and counter hatred and conflict, he added.

Here is a news story from MRTV News on the singing event.

Read the press release here.

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