Ethnic media worried over ‘lack of press freedom’

24 March 2015
Ethnic media worried over ‘lack of press freedom’
The 3rd Ethnic Media Conference in Hakha, Chin State from March 18 to 20, 2015. 

Ethnic based and private media groups in Myanmar have raised concerns about increased media restrictions in the country at a conference held in Harkar in Chin State, reports Karen News on March 23.
Around 90 media groups including ethnic media groups and private media groups from different parts of the country got together on March 19 under the banner, The 3rd Ethnic Media Conference, to discuss the current media law, media development and its marketing.
Daw May Thingyan Hein, chief editor of Myit Maka Journal told Karen News that government restrictions on media are still in place, so it cannot yet be thought that there is media freedom in Myanmar.
Daw May Thingyan Hein said that it is the responsibility of media groups to unite and demonstrate for media freedom in the country. She called on the country’s media groups to work together for greater press freedom, not just think about their own interests or benefits.
Myanmar has been lauded for its recent reforms since President U Thein Sein’s government came into power in 2011 and loosened restrictions on some sectors including the media by abolishing the censorship board.