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Government officials in Myanmar to receive media training


Within the framework of UNESCO’s on-going assistance to the Government of Myanmar and its current transition towards democracy, UNESCO is organizing, in collaboration with the Ministry of Information, a five-day training workshop for senior public officials responsible for relations with the media in the different government ministries. The workshop will take place in Nay Pyi Taw from 19 to 23 November and should gather some 50 participants.

Senior trainers Sandra Mary Barron (Ireland) and Graham Watts (UK), both of them experienced editors, writers, trainers, journalists and media experts, will lead the training sessions covering topics ranging from the role of media in democratic societies to practical exercises on how to deal with the media on a daily basis.

The current reform process in Myanmar and the opening media environment are posing new challenges to government officials, who need to acquire the appropriate knowledge and know-how in the media field in order to cope adequately with the new situation. ‘The objective of this workshop is to provide knowledge and guidance to government officials on how to work with independent and free media in a democratic society. Due to the new reality of Myanmar society and the current progress towards an open media landscape, new professional practices are necessary and a new relationship between the government and the media needs to be built based on open and transparent access to information’ says Ms. Rosa M. Gonzalez, Adviser for Communication and Information in UNESCO/Bangkok.

This activity is being organized within the framework of UNESCO project “Creation of an enabling environment for freedom of expression by promoting activities which foster policies and regulatory partnerships conducive to freedom of expression in regards to all types of media and social communication platforms”, supported by Canal France International, aiming at backing effectively the current media reforms in Myanmar and providing the necessary expertise to the Myanmar government so that the reforms are in line with international standards and best practices and contribute to the democratization of the country.

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By Ruben Cabezas, UNESCO Bangkok