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Venue and time

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Event agenda: 2nd Conference on Media Development in Myanmar 20-21 May, 2013

The Role of Media in Democratic Transition: Successes, Challenges and the Way Forward


AGENDA

20 May, 2013 (Monday)

08:00 – 09:00     REGISTRATION

09:00 – 10:00    OPENING SESSION

  • HE U Aung Kyi, Union Minister for Information
  • HE Mikael Winther, Danish Ambassador to Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar
  • Mr. Etienne Clement, Regional Deputy Director, UNESCO Bangkok
  • Mr. Thiha Saw, Editor-in-Chief, Open News Journal, Vice Chairman of Myanmar Journalist Association, member of Interim Myanmar Press Council

PHOTO SESSION

10:00 – 10:30    REFRESHMENTS BREAK

10:30 – 12:00    SESSION 1: SETTING THE STAGE: MEDIA REFORM AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN  MYANMAR

This session provides an overview of the continuing media reform process now taking place in Myanmar. While the Government of Myanmar (through the Ministry of Information) has defined a media reform agenda, changes are also being initiated and driven by others including the private media and civil society organizations. Media reform encompasses structural changes, systems and procedures, and policies (inclusive of media legislations), among others. Media reform is also linked to other relevant ongoing democratic reforms. The discussion will focus on how far we have gone and what still needs to be done, and will pinpoint challenges and opportunities encountered by stakeholders.

Panelists:

  • Mr. Tint Swe, Director General, Myanmar Radio Television
  • Mr. Ye Min Oo, Chief Editor/News (MNTV), former Executive Editor of The Voice Weekly, Member of the interim Myanmar Press Council
  • Mr. Kavi Chongkittavorn, Chairman, Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA)
  • Ms. Barbara Swann, Swann Media Consultants LLC (USA)

Moderator: Mr. Zayar Hlaing, Editor, Mawkun Magazine, Myanmar Observer Media Group

12:00 – 13:00    LUNCH

13:00 – 14:30    SESSION 2: MEDIA LEGISLATION AND REGULATION

This session focuses on areas for media regulation (by government) and self-regulation (by the media sector) consistent with international standards. It will look at the salient provisions of proposed media laws by the government as well as codes of ethics and conduct by journalists’ associations. Proposed media laws include Press Law, Printing and Publishing Law, Broadcasting Law, and Film or Cinema Law. The discussion must also examine whether requirements needed to pursue the new media laws exist or can be made available.

Panelists:

  • Dr. Thi Han Myo Nyunt, Legal Counselor and Member of Governing Body of Public Service Newspaper
  • Mr. Toby Mendel,  Director, Center for Law and Democracy
  • Dr. Myo Thant Tyn,  Member of the interim Myanmar Press Council
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hoffmann-Riem, former Judge of the German Federal Constitutional Court

Moderator: Mr. Jesper Hojberg, Executive Director, International Media Support (IMS)

14:30 – 16:00    SESSION 3: REGIONAL MEDIA REFORMS

Media reforms in Myanmar may not succeed if they are pursued only at the national level. Appropriate changes must be put in place in states/regions, townships, and villages. Many local good governance policies are related to media reforms. These include transparency, greater access to information, public participation and community media. This session is envisioned to jumpstart more discussions on these issues and identify state champions in pursuing local media reforms.

Panelists:

  • Mr. Khin Maung Shwe, Development Secretary, Burma News International
  • Ms. Mai Democracy, Editor, Chin World News
  • Mr. Toily Kurbanov,  UNDP Country Director

Moderator: Ms. Gayathry Venkiteswaran, Executive Director, Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA)

16:00 – 16:30    REFRESHMENTS  BREAK

16:30 – 18:00    SESSION 4: MEDIA, PEACE AND CONFLICT

Journalists and editors working in Myanmar are grappling with the issue of conflict—how to understand it; how to report on it without inflaming the situation; and how to tell sensitive stories that the public can understand. This session will contribute to a national conversation about conflict, conflict resolution, peace building, and the role of media.

Panelists:

  • Mr. Aung Naing Oo, Myanmar Peace Center
  • Mr. Myint Kyaw, Myanmar Journalist Network and conflict sensitive journalism trainer
  • Mr. Sang Te, Editor, Khonumthung News
  • Ms. Gayathry Venkiteswaran, Executive Director, SEAPA

Moderator: Mr. Kavi Chongkittavorn, Chairman, SEAPA

 

21st May, 2013 (Tuesday)

09:00 – 10:30    SESSION 5: THE BUSINESS OF MEDIA: GEARING UP FOR A FREE AND COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT

The competitive environment does not only refer to the market (audiences and revenues); it also includes related concerns such as competitive content (programmes) and even resources such as good (trained) journalists, capital, equipment and facilities, and distribution channels. The key words are survival, sustainability and economic viability.

Panelists:

  • Mr. Ko Ko, Chairman, Yangon Media Group
  • Ms. Michelle Foster, Business Media Consultant
  • Mr. Steven Gan, Editor-in-Chief, Malaysiakini
  • Mr. Thet Win, General Manager, International Relations Department , Shwe Than Lwin Co.,Ltd (Sky Net)

Moderator: Mr. Soe Myint, Editor In-chief/ Managing Director Mizzima News

10:30 – 11:00    REFRESHMENTS BREAK

11:00 – 12:30    SESSION 6: SERVING THE PUBLIC: HOW CAN MEDIA FOSTER A MORE INCLUSIVE AND PARTICIPATORY SOCIETY?

The discussion will examine “public media” from three perspectives: i) the government’s initiative to transform state-owned media into public service media; ii) the role of private/commercial media in addressing public needs and interests amidst growing commercialization and competition in Myanmar’s media landscape; and iii) strengthening community media as local development channels. Will the diversity in ownership also lead to diversity in terms of content (including language)? Will the envisioned media ecosystem give representation to marginalized groups such as women and ethnic communities?

Panelists:

  • Mr. Tint Swe, Director General, Myanmar Radio Television (MRTV)
  • Mr. Raghu Mainali, Director, Community Radio Support Centre, Nepal
  • Ms. Nan Paw Gay, News Editor, Karen Information Center; Development Officer, BNI
  • Mr. Blair Levin, Communications & Society Fellow, Aspen Institute, USA

Moderator: Mr. Mark Bunting, Director for Strategy & Policy, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

12:30 – 13:30    LUNCH

13:30 – 15:30    SESSION 7: THE ROLE OF MEDIA IN GOOD GOVERNANCE

How can the mass media help ensure clean and honest elections? Can all political parties be assured equal media space? How can media facilitate greater access to justice for all and promote the rule of law? How can media help create an accountable and transparent justice system? This session will highlight the critical role of media in the promotion and pursuit of reforms in other sectors, including elections, and the criminal justice system.

Panelists:

  • Mr. Paw KhineThan, Director, Research and Data Department, Union Supreme Court
  • Mr. Win Ko, Director, Union Election Commission
  • Dr. Ma Thida (San Chaung), Writer/ Executive Editor, The Pae Tin Thran News Journal
  • Mr. Jeff Hodson, Independent Media Trainer
  • Mr. Peter McDermott, Chairperson, Governance Reform Working Group

Moderator: Professor Dr. Aung Tun Thet, Member of the President's National Economic and Social Advisory Council and the interim Myanmar Press Council

15:30 – 16:00    REFRESHMENTS BREAK

16:00 – 17:30    SESSION 8: FILLING THE GAP: JOURNALISM, EDUCATION AND TRAINING

The number of private training institutions offering short-term journalism training courses continues to increase to supplement the formal journalism programme of the National Management College.  Media groups also conduct their own “internal” training courses.  All these indicate the need to develop competent journalists for the growing media companies throughout the country.  These developments beg answers to some questions: How do we ensure proper coordination among the various initiatives? How can curricula be of good quality and relevant to local conditions?  Can resources -- qualified teachers, textbooks/references, equipment and facilities, school-media industry partnership -- be easily mobilized? Are the courses competency-based? Are the training courses affordable?

Panelists:

  • Mr. Khin Maung Htay, Co-founder & Director Forever Group Co., Ltd
  • Mr. Saw Lynn Aung, conflict sensitive journalism trainer
  • Prof. Cherian George, Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
  • Mr. Ramon R. Tuazon, Media Development Specialist, UNESCO Myanmar Office

Moderator: Mr. Michael Pan, Internews Trainer

17:30 – 18:00    SESSION 9:  CONCLUDING SESSION AND CLOSING

The session will summarize the main points and key recommendations shared by panelists and participants.

Panelists:           

  • Mr. Thiha Saw, CEO, Open News Journal , Vice Chairman of Myanmar Journalist Association (MJA) and member of interim Myanmar Press Council
  • Ms. Nan Lwin, Senior Reporter, Kumudra News Journal
  • Mr Tint Swe, Director General and Dr. Thida Tin, Deputy Director General, MOI

Moderator: Ms. Rosa Maria Gonzalez, UNESCO, CI Regional Adviser


Venue and Time

The 5th Conference on Media Development in Myanmar takes place from 7-8 November in Yangon at:

Chatrium Hotel
40, Natmauk Road, Tamwe Township,
Yangon 11211, Myanmar.
Tel : + 95 1 544 500


The working group

To further support and give impetus to ongoing media reforms and media development processes, and consistent with developmental best practices on aid effectiveness, the Myanmar Media Development Thematic Working Group (MMDTWG) has been established. The MMDTWG is a coordinative body for media development activities. It includes at least 25 national and international development partners including national media organizations, ethnic media groups, professional journalists' associations, and development partners. It is co-chaired by the MoI and UNESCO. 

The MMDTWG will facilitate capacity development and institutional strengthening in the media sector. Participation to the MMDTWG by interested national and international media stakeholders is purely on a voluntary basis. The MMDTWG is also co-convener of the 2nd Conference on Media Development in Myanmar, and a sub-group (comprised of MoI, UNESCO, IMS, BBC Media Action, LIFT, and the Myanmar Journalist Association) has assisted in developing the agenda for this year's conference.

2012 Conference

Over 200 stakeholders – including previously exiled media – were brought together for the first time in Yangon for a two-day workshop (from 19-20 March 2012) to openly discuss media rights and freedom and setting an agenda for media development in Myanmar.

The conference has been hailed as a gate-opener to policy dialogue on freedom of expression and role of media in Myanmar. The conference highlighted key challenges and underlined the complexity of factors and issues that must be addressed to move forward on the media sector as a whole.

The 2012 Conference was organized by the Ministry of Information and UNESCO, in partnership with International Media Support and Canal France International.

2012 Conference Report

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