Myanmar strives for press media development in new gov't era   2011-09-01 21:11:58 FeedbackPrintRSS

As part of its efforts in developing the country's media sector, Myanmar held the first-ever news-media-related printing and publishing show 2011 in Yangon in June, featuring printing and publishing house, paper and stationery business, newspapers, periodicals and magazines, radio and television station, photo studio and advertisement agents.

Moreover, Myanmar Writers and Journalists Association has initially opened 29 media corners in Yangon's six townships in May to sell media-related publications as part of its bid to develop the media sector.

The launch of the media corners was underlined as a landmark in the history of media.

Myanmar Minister of Information and Culture U Kyaw Hsan said, " Myanmar will see more freedom of press to be bestowed in line with constitution. Opening of the media corners is the launch of a media service that will bring great benefit to the nation, the people and the literary professionals."

He called on media persons to try not only for the rural residents but also for rural folks, who make up the majority of the people, to have easy access to publications.

Myanmar's Ministry of Information and Culture is administrating various types of media and information and education and entertainment.

The government offers 14 national-level literary awards (NLA) and 12 Sarpay Beikman (Literature House) manuscript (SBM) awards every year.

Moreover, there has also been private institutions in Myanmar involving in promoting literary world, making move to honor successful writers and journalists as an encouragement to the development of the sector by offering them literary awards.

They include Pakokku U Ohn Pe literary award, Thuta Swesone literary award, Sayawun Tin Shwe literary award and Tun Foundation award.

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Editor: Xiong Tong
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