YANGON—Myanmar’s Interim Press Council and an international non-profit organization, International Media Support (IMS), have agreed to work together for the emergence of a code of ethics that is acceptable to all journalists in the country.
The two parties yesterday signed a cooperation agreement at the Press Council office in Yangon.
“This initiative, for the emergence of a journalism code of ethics which is acceptable to all, is a very important step for Myanmar journalists. The Myanmar Press Council will strive to do its best for the ethical development of journalism in Myanmar,” said Press Council chairperson Khin Maung Aye.
The one-year agreement will pave the way for journalism training across the country, jointly offered by the Press Council and the IMS, as well as for a national journalists’ conference in 2014.
“The IMS and Press Council will give capacity-building training. The courses will focus on ethics. Meanwhile, all journalists will be invited to Yangon for a conference where the Press Council will explain to them the importance of ethics. Later, our members will go to the different regions and listen to the difficulties that journalists face there. After that, we will consider which training is suitable for them. Finally, we will return to Yangon and develop a project plan together,” said Press Council secretary Kyaw Min Swe.
Currently, Myanmar’s interim Press Council has plans to provide 30 journalism training courses with the help of the IMS between June and December next year. Outstanding journalists will be offered scholarships to study abroad, according to the Press Council.