The Myanmar Journalist Institute, Burma’s first ever independent journalism school, is set to open in July. News editor Thiha Saw, appointed chairman to the school’s temporary management board that was formed last week, said two journalism diploma courses will be scheduled this year to sate the demand for reporters within Burma’s expanding media industry.
Panellists on DVB Debate discuss whether the government is trying to remain in control of the press by invoking current laws that actually stop journalists from doing their jobs.
The Burmese media landscape is blighted by the existence of six imprisoned media workers while the Ministry of Information (MoI) appears driven by an agenda seemingly at odds with a revitalised Burmese media community.
The newspaper’s 40-odd staff were reportedly stunned by the announcement on Monday morning. Its offices and equipment were almost deserted by noon. Editor-in-Chief Thiha Saw says, “We we need to restructure our business model.”
Burma’s ‘democratic spring’ may be cooling down as progress towards media freedom stagnates, according to the 2014 World Press Freedom Index.
Editors at private newspapers aren’t happy with Burma’s new public service media bill that was passed earlier this week by the Union Parliament