The 2nd Conference on Media Development in Myanmar took place from May 20-21 in Yangon. With over 300 participants, the conference marked another significant milestone in Myanmar's media reform process. Under the theme "The Role of Media in Democratic Transitions: Successes, Challenges and the Way Forward", government officials, private and state-owned media companies, professional journalist associations, academia, civil society and international organisations met to take stock of the media reforms in Myanmar and develop a set of practical recommendations for further media development in Myanmar.
The conference organised by the Ministry of Information and the Myanmar Media Development Thematic Working Group (MDTWG) in partnership with UNESCO and International Media Support (IMS) took place after a year of significant change in Myanmar's media sector. The abolishment of censorship, the drafting of new media laws, the establishment of an interim press council and the recent re-emergence of Myanmar's first private daily newspapers are some of the many milestones in the year gone by.
"This one year journey of media development has shown the importance of committed ties between the Government, UNESCO, IMS, the interim press council, the local and international media institutions and civil society. Our country's media reform cannot be fully accomplished without the active participation of all of you", said H.E. U Aung Kyi, Union Minister for Information, at the opening of the conference.