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Myanmar gov't forms core press council

08-10-2012 15:45 BJT

YANGON, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar's new government has formed a 20-member core press council aimed at protecting media persons, compiling journalism ethics and settling other press disputes in case it occurs during the period before a press media law is formally prescribed by the parliament, according to a government announcement made public Friday.

The Core Press Council was set up with retired Supreme Court judge U Khin Maung Aye as chairman, retired principal of the United NationsSystem Staff College Dr. Aung Tun Thet and retired Myanmar Language Professor Dr. Khin Aye as two vice chairmen and U Ko Ko-Setmu Tekkutho as secretary.

The council is tasked to safeguard freedom of press under law, to supervise the expression from the press field, to settle disputes and complaints from inside and outside the press field and to act as a bridge among the people, the government and the press.

The announcement also said the council is to establish connections with the international organizations, handle disputes of newsmen in collecting and writing news, advise the government as to press affairs and coordinate with the government over matters related to press council among others.

The core press council is to discharge duties until the handover of duties to the Myanmar Press Council to be formed in line with the Press Media Law after it has been approved by the parliament, the announcement said, disclosing that the draft Press Media Law is currently being compiled by the Ministry of Information.

Moreover, the core press council is to compile the Press Council Bill in conformity with the prevailing situation of Myanmar and submit to the President's Office after studying the international norms and advices of local and foreign experts, the announcement added.

The formation of the core press council came more than a week after the Press Scrutiny and Registration Department temporarily suspended the publication of two private news journals -- Voice and Envoy for two weeks for allegedly breaking a directive of the Central Supervisory Committee.

The two suspended journals are expected to be able to resume publication by next week.



Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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