2016 Agenda

5th Media Development Conference - Agenda


8:30 AM


9:00 AM

Opening Session


  • Invitation Extended to H.E The President / Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
  • H.E the Union Minister of Information 
  • UNESCO Representative
  • Swedish Ambassador – H.E Mr. Staffan Herrstrom 
  •  U Khin Maung Lay (Chairman:Myanmar Press Council /MNMC)

Keynote Speech: U Phyo Min Thein (Chief Minister, Yangon)/ Naw Pan Thazin Myo (YGN Regional Government)

10:00 AM

Group Picture / Tea Break

10:30 AM

Session 1: Review of media laws and Spaces

Myanmar has adopted several media laws during recent years and is still experiencing some old laws that were adopted during the military regime. A thorough review of these existing media laws is essential, and this has been highlighted by the Myanmar News Media Council. Meanwhile, the broadcast sector is still awaiting the opening of doors for private players through the proposed Broadcast Law, which has been delayed since last year. Reforming the country’s once state-dominated broadcast sector has been a priority of the media reform process, and the government, with the assistance of international partners, was successful in adopting a sound broadcast. Nevertheless, there is a challenging road ahead as many crucial concerns such as ownership issues, viability and sustainability of the sector, Code of Conduct and licensing procedures need to be addressed in a pragmatic manner.

Talking points:

  • Review of existing media laws
  • Current status of the Broadcast Law
  • Sustainability of the industry, potential business models
  • Public Service Broadcasting and the present status of the process
  • Updates on the reform process of the state broadcasters, the successes, challenges and lessons learnt
  •  International best practices, lessons learnt, principles and parameters on broadcast sector regulation
  •  Regulation in a converged media society
  • Ensuring multi-ethnic and relevant gender perspectives within the broadcast sector


  • Local Panellist 1: Daw Thida Tin (Deputy Director General of IPRD, MOI)
  •  Local Panellist 2: U Myint Kyaw (MJN)
  • Local Panellist 3: U Khin Maung Win (Deputy Director, DVB)  
  • International Panellist 1: Mr. Pierre Docquir (Senior Legal Officer, Article 19)

Moderator: Local Broadcast Media Expert U Ko Ko (Vice Chairman of MBA )

40 minutes for presentations / 35 minutes for discussion

11:45 AM

Session 2: Safety of Journalists / impunity

The vulnerability of media and its practitioners has become alarming with the expansion of press freedom in the country. Though the country is experiencing a fragile peace process, journalists are still expected to travel and report stories from conflict-ridden areas where their safety could be heavily compromised. Similarly, the work of journalists becomes more vulnerable because of frequent street protests. Additionally, over the past year, journalists have been subject to out-dated laws, threats and violence. Those that write about national security, anti-corruption, religion, conflict and land rights, among other subjects, are at particular risk. The risk increases outside of urban areas and where media workers are also marginalised for other reasons such as their gender or ethnicity. In a number of Asian countries, there are examples of locally driven, wide-reaching safety mechanisms for journalists set up by a board of national and international partners. While each country and conflict is different, there are best practices that can be shared and learned from.

Talking points:

  • What are the main vulnerabilities faced by journalists and media workers and how can we work together to resolve them?
  • Why are journalists vulnerable? When and where are they vulnerable? And from whom?
  • What have the government, the legal system and police done to address the problem? Has the National Human Rights Commission done enough? Do we need new mechanisms?
  • Any special concerns with regard to gender issues here?
  • How far ethnicity becomes a concern in this issue?


  • Local Panellist 1: U Than Zaw Aung (Secretary – Myanmar Media Lawyers Network)
  • Local Panellist 2: U Swe Win (Chief Reporter of Myanmar Now)
  •  Local Panellist 3: Ma Nan Ohmar Aung @ Shan Malay (Senior Editor, Shan Herald News)
  • International Panellist – Lars Heiberg Bestle (Head of Asia, IMS; IMS-Fojo Myanmar Media Development Programme)

Moderator: Local Expert: U Zayar Hlaing (General Secretary, MJN)

40 minutes for presentations / 35 minutes for discussion  

1:00 PM


2:00 PM

Session 3: Gender and Media     

In recent years gender bias in media content has been acknowledged and highlighted as a factor that can harm the development of democratic and peaceful societies. In a global context, less than one out of four people represented in the news is a woman (this proportion has not changed during the last five years according to the Global Media Monitoring study from 2015).  Although not being part of this specific study, Myanmar follows the global trend according to available studies. In Myanmar media men dominate as news sources, especially in the roles of experts and when it comes to “hard” topics, such as politics, security and economics.

Interestingly enough this gender imbalance is kept in a media environment where women now are in majority among staff. Alongside men, women seem to be reproducing the gender imbalance and gender stereotypes in the content they produce, possibly due to the fact that women are cast as ‘bearers of culture’ and are made symbolically responsible for upholding cultural norms and values. The liberalisation of the media environment has also brought with it more objectification and sexualisation of the image of women in the media (mainly in commercials, entertainment and yellow press), a trend that faces criticism from both women's organizations and religious groups.

Talking points:

  • How do social norms affect the possibilities for women and men to take on different positions and roles in the media industry?
  • What are the benefits of introducing gender equality as a steering principle in media organisations/businesses? Are there any disadvantages?
  • Does the sex of the reporter matter? Today more than half of the journalism corps are women and women are in majority among journalism students. Does/will this shift in gender balance affect the media content in the longer run?
  • What is the situation regarding gender equality in ethnic media?


  • Local Panellist 1: Ma Thin Thin Thar  (Executive Member, MJU)
  • Local Panellist 2:  Esther Htu San (Reporter, AP)
  • Local Panellist 3: Eaint Khine Oo  (MWJS)
  • Local Panellist 4: Daw Nan Paw Gay (KIC)

Moderator: Agneta  Soderberg-Jacobson (Programme Manager, Fojo; IMS-Fojo Myanmar Media Development Programme)

40 minutes for presentations / 35 minutes for discussion  

3:15 PM


3:45 PM

Session 4: Social Media – THE game changer

With an estimated 40 million people getting connected through mobile phones, predominantly smart phones, the media landscape is facing radical challenges on its content, outreach and accessibility. Many of the users are youngsters, and they tend to define the social discourse through the undefined and unregulated content. Hate speech, too, has become an alarming composition of social media content and countering it has become a challenge in itself.  The country saw the impact of this emerging giant during several social unrests, and the government had to collaborate with social media outlets in mitigating the situations. Sometimes media, too, benefit from the social media as a source of information, sometimes violating basic ethics in journalism. Media literacy too, plays a major role in this context, mainly educating the public when engaging with media.

Talking points:

  • The impact of social media in the present social landscape of Myanmar
  • Hate speech and its impact on social media
  • Gender perception on the social media / How women are being portrayed
  • Bloggers and other social media activists and their space and role in the whole social media theatre
  • Usage and future challenges / perspectives of the sector
  • The relationship between the conventional and social media in the media landscape of Myanmar
  • Importance of media literacy in a society and ways and means of educating public on media literacy


  • Local Panellist 1: Ma Phyu Phyu Thi  (R&D Manager, MIDO)
  • Local Panellist 2: Phandeeyar
  • Local Panellist 3:  Aw Karout (Chief Editor: Hinthar Media)
  • International Panellist: (TBD) 

Moderator:  Local Expert on Social Media U Myo Thar Htet (Media Adviser, Internews)  

40 minutes for presentations / 35 minutes for discussion

5:00 PM


7:00 PM

Dinner (hosted by FOREVER GROUP)


9:30 AM

Session 5: Right To Information  

Myanmar has yet to adopt Access to Information or RTI Laws, and civil society and other societal movements have started lobbying and advocating for these laws.

The right to access information held by public bodies is recognised globally as a human right, and over 110 countries around the world have now adopted right to information laws to ensure this important right. Access to information is an important underpinning of democratic participation and public accountability, as well as controlling corruption and supporting business development and individual self-fulfilment. As the process of democratisation deepens in Myanmar, the country is also preparing legislation on the right to information, and the government has held public workshops to discuss drafts it has prepared. Once the legislation is adopted, the process of implementation will require considerable government attention, as well as the support of civil society and other actors. This session will highlight the steps that have been taken within Myanmar on this issue and share international best practices both in terms of drafting legislation and undertaking key implementation measures. The goal is to support the process of developing and implementing right to information legislation in Myanmar.

Talking points:

  • How far has Myanmar progressed in terms of respecting the right to information and what are the next steps?
  • What are the key principles and standards that legislation in this area should reflect?
  • What are some common gaps and weaknesses in legislation in other countries that Myanmar should try to avoid?
  • Certain institutional structures are needed to promote effective implementation of right to information legislation. What are these and how can Myanmar ensure that it has these institutions and that they are effective?
  • Describe the the key challenges in terms of implementing right to information legislation? What steps can Myanmar take to mitigate or limit these challenges?
  • Special concerns on gender and ethnicity with regards to RTI


  • Local Panellist 1: (Parliamentarian Bill Committee- TBC)
  • Local Panellist 2: Daw Nwe Zin Win (Executive Director, Pyi Gyi Khin)
  • Local Panellist 3:  U Aung Hla Tun (Vice Chairman, MNMC)
  • International Panellist: Toby Mendel (Executive Director, CLD)

Moderator: Local Media Expert: U Aung Myo Min (Executive Director, Equality Myanmar)

40 minutes for presentations / 35 minutes for discussion  

10:45 AM


11:15 AM


Myanmar is experiencing a rapid expansion in both the public and private owned media landscape, and many new entrants can be seen in national and regional levels, including on digital platforms as well. The rapidly expanding media industry not only challenges the media as a business, but also raises questions about competitive media content and the availability of trained journalists, capital, equipment and facilities, distribution channels, etc.  The ethnic media landscape in the regions is experiencing a significant expansion. The rapid expansion in the mobile networks as well as the digital/data sector provides new media platforms and also introduces new media products to the market. The key words are survival, sustainability and economic viability while maintaining independence in the new era of media in Myanmar.

Talking points:

  • The dynamics of business competitiveness while maintaining public interest and social responsibility ideals
  • Role of the government – what changes in political economic structures and what policies are needed to ensure a level playing field
  • Media ownership policies including cross-ownership and also with regard to editorial policies in a competitive media market
  • The emerging technologies – convergence and cost effectiveness in media business –using digital platforms as a major business strategy
  • The viability of ethnic media business landscape and how digital platforms help these vulnerable groups in sustaining the regional businesses
  • The gender equality in media ownership and their different dynamics
  • How media groups face tough competition
  • Survival and sustainability strategies, marriages and divorces in media business


  •  Local Panellist 1: U Thaung Su Nyein (Chief Editor, 7 Days)
  • Local Panellist 2: U Myo Aung (Editor-in-Charge, Dawei Watch)
  • Local Panellist 3:  Daw May Thingyn Hein (CEO, Myitmakha News Agency)
  • Local Panellist 4: Daw Aye Hnin Swe @ Rose Swe (MD, Mango Media Ltd.)

Moderator: Local Media Expert: U Soe Myint (CEO/Chief Editor, Mizzima)

40 minutes for presentations / 35 minutes for discussion


12:30 PM


1:30 PM

Session 7: STRENGTHENING voices of Community media

Myanmar, as a country of many ethnic voices and identities, should provide maximum space for these voices to be heard through community media. Also, the emergence of community based print publications on a regional basis has become a new feature of the media landscape, and it is becoming a main sector of the industry. On the other hand, community radio has been a widely discussed topic within the media development and media reform process in the country – both by government and other stakeholders.  There can be seen an emergence of several regional newspapers, but the question remains whether these publications fit the classification of community media.

The ongoing media reform process intends to introduce community radio to Myanmar with limited experience in the sector. Plenty of examples could be drawn from its neighbouring countries where this sector has lost its focus and intended outcomes. An equally important aspect is the challenge of developing effective platforms for different ethnic groups. This session examines the lessons learnt, challenges and opportunities in establishing community radio mechanisms in Myanmar.

Talking points:

  • The emerging regional ethnic based print media landscape, its sustainability and other challenges
  • The role of government in ensuring sustainability, viable business environment
  • Legal provisions and possible revisions that relate to community radio establishment
  • International / Regional experiences and lessons learnt on establishing and operating community radios
  • Possibilities and challenges in introducing ethnic-based community media landscape
  • Gender perspective and ways in strengthening their voices 


  • Local Panellist 1: U Ko Ko Zaw (Chief Editor, Than Lwin Times)
  • Local Panellist 2: Daw Wint Wade (BBC : Linn Lae Kyae Sin Program)
  • Local Panellist 3: Salai Hon Tun Gai (Executive Director, Chin Media Network)
  • International Panellist: Mr. Per Oesterlund (Senior Media Consultant, DW Akademie)

Moderator:  Local Media Expert: Nwe Kay Khaing (TBC)

40 minutes for presentations / 35 minutes for discussion  

2:45 PM


3.15 PM

Session 8: Concluding Session and Closing

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


  •  Speaker 1- The Union Minister
  • Speaker 2 – US Ambassador / US Aid Chief
  • Speaker 3 – Ethnic Media Representative: U Khine Myat Kyaw
  • Speaker 4 – Daw Zin Mar Kyaw (Associate Professor, NMC)


Duration : 45 minutes for presentations

4.00 PM


5.00 PM



Sixth Media Development Conference will discuss ways forward for media sector

Yangon  - The sixth annual Myanmar Media Development Conference takes place 7-8 December in Yangon.


For the sixth consecutive year, national and international media stakeholders, members of civil society and government representatives will meet to discuss the status of and way forward for media development in Myanmar.

The 2017 conference will give attention to issues of safety for journalists, access to information and fake news. Efforts have also been made to ensure a balanced representation of gender and ethnicity on each panel, and the situation of ethnic media and female journalists will be a cross-cutting theme.

This year’s conference is organized by the Myanmar Press Council and the members of Media Development Thematic Working Group in partnership with UNESCO, IMS-Fojo, DW Akademie, USAID, UNDP, and Ministry of Information of Myanmar.

7&8 December, 8:30AM-5:00PM, Chatrium Hotel, Yangon. 

If you are a member of the media and wish to take part, contact Mon Mon by email ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or phone (09 4210627323).  

Follow the conference on Twitter and Facebook #MyanmarMDC5.

Venue and Time 2017

The 6th Conference on Media Development in Myanmar takes place fro 7-8 December in Yangon at:


Chatrium Hotel 

40, Natmauk Road, Tamwe Township

Yangon 11211, Myanmar

Tel: +95 1 544 500

2017 Speakers and Panellists



Short Biography of Speakers, Moderators and Panelists


  1. Ms Min Jeong Kim

Prior to coming to UNESCO Yangon as Head of Office a.i., Min Jeong Kim was Head of Secretariat of the UN Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative (UNSG-GEFI) in New York. She previously served as Policy Advisor to the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on Post 2015 Development Planning on topics related to education, gender equality, youth and employment, financing for development, and migration. She has worked with UNESCO in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, as Chief of the UNESCO Education Section for the Indian Ocean countries and in Beirut, Lebanon, as the Regional Programme Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Before joining UNESCO, she was a journalist in her home country, Republic of Korea. She is fluent in English, French and Korean

2. Dr. Zin Mar Kyaw

Dr Zin Mar Kyaw has been working as an Associate Professor and Head of Journalism Department at National Management Degree College. She devotes her carrier in journalism education since 2007. She began her career as a tutor in history department at University of Yangon in 1997. Her field of specialization is modern political history. She is one of the faculty members of journalism program when Ministry of Education and Ministry of Information are jointly implemented to start B.A Journalism degree program at National Management College in 2007-2008 academic years. Dr Zin completed intensive journalism and media trainings of News and Periodical Enterprise, Fojo Media and UNESCO from 2008 to 2013. She also received the scholarship from Study of the United States Institutes (SUSIs) and studies the Journalism and Media program at Ohio University in 2014. She is a senior researcher of Assessment of Media Development in Myanmar which was jointly conducted by UNESCO and International Media Support (IMS). At present, she is researching on “Women Engagement in Media Literacy of Myanmar” for Myanmar Academy of Arts and Science. She also contributes her efforts as a mentor of International Exchange Alumnus (IEA) Mentoring Program for Youth Development.


3. Zayar Hlaing, Chief Editor, Mawgun Magazine

U Zayar Hlaing is an editor and co-founder of Mawkun magazine which was started in 2012 August, four days after press censorship abolished in Myanmar. Mawkun is the one and only current affair and in-depth monthly news magazine in Myanmar. And he was one of co-founder and an editor of Yangon Press International (YPI) news group which was founded in 2010 January. He reported and edited news features especially from ethnic areas around the country. He joined to the Kumudra weekly (later changed the Modern weekly) and worked as a reporter in 2005. At the end of 2008, he resigned from the Modern weekly and worked as a freelance journalist. He contributed news photo, news video, radio reports and news feature to international news organization. He is also strongly involved in development of media society in the country. He has extensive experience in both journalism practice and training. Since 2010, He conducted media trainings across the country. He was chairman of working committee for Myanmar Journalism Institute (MJI), the first-ever independent journalism institute in Myanmar and board of director and lead trainer for Center for Myanmar Media Development journalism school (CMMD). Sometime, he gives a journalism lecture at Myanmar Institute of Theology (MIT). He was elected as general secretary of Myanmar Journalist Network in August 2015 and became member of News Media Council which was founded in October 2015.

4. Bambang Harymurti

Bambang Harymurti was born in Jakarta on December 10, 1956. Mr. Harymurti lives in Jakarta with his wife Marga Alisjahbana and two children. He is a prominent journalist who currently serves as the commissioner of PT Tempo Inti Media Tbk, an Indonesian public company that publishes Tempo Weekly Newsmagazine, Koran Tempo Daily, Tempo.co news portal and a host of other publications. Tempo is known as the leading investigative news service that has won many prestigious awards, both locally and globally, such as the Honor Medal from the Missouri School of Journalism in 2005. Mr. Harymurti joined Tempo as a cub reporter in 1982 and became well-known nationally when he was chosen as one of 4 candidates to become Indonesia’s first astronaut in 1985. Unfortunately, the program was cancelled after the Challenger tragedy.  He applied to the program in order to get access to the selection process and did write a complete report for Tempo. He was an Alfred Friendly Free Press

Fellow at the Time Magazine Washington DC bureau in 1986. Mr. Harymurti was assigned as a UNESCO international expert in assisting newly democratic countries, i.e. Myanmar, Tunisia, Timor Leste and Egypt, and is currently involved in a similar role at the Institute for Peace and Democracy work in Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar. He has been awarded many local and international awards in his field, such as  the 1997 "Excellence in Journalism" award from the Indonesian Observer Daily, the 2006 PWI Jawa Timur Pena Award and the 2005 Knight Journalism Award.

5. U Sein Win, Training Director, Myanmar Journalist Institute

Sein Win (a) Thaw Zin Tun is the Training Director for the Myanmar Journalism Institute (MJI), which provides a wide variety of journalism training courses in Myanmar language. Sein Win has been active in Myanmar media development for a couple of years. Previously, he was the Managing Editor of the once-exiled Mizzima media. Sein Win has been writing columns for major local newspapers for some years. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering. Moreover, he established a private company offering media communication consultation and training to governmental institutions, INGOs and private sector.



6. Michael Pan, Executive Director, Internews

Michael Pan is Internews’ Country Director for Myanmar. He has more than 21 years of experience in media and journalism experience and is currently managing Internews’ most diverse portfolio in Asia, delivering technical assistance, capacity building, innovative ICT solutions, and other support to media and civil society.  Internews is currently working with Myanmar media and civil society on key issues such as democratic governance, elections, peace, reforms, human rights, development and ethnic issues for print, online, radio and TV media outlets. Michael holds a Masters’ degree in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a post-graduate level financial management qualification from the UK.

7. U Ko Ko, Patron of Myanmar Journalists Association

He is son of U Yin Maung Latt and born in 1963. He studied  Metal Processing Diploma in Regional College Board form 1978 to 1980. He graduated B.E ( Mechanical ) from Rangoon Institute of Technology in 1984. During his  university  student life, he worked for New Light of Myanmar Daily as reporter. From 1984 to 1990, he joined Ministry of Industry as a research officer. He went to work Project Engineer in Singapore and Brunei from 1991 to 1998. He worked for Dana Business magazine as an editor from 1998 to 2002 and Chief Editor for  7 Day News Weekly from 2002 to 2004. And then he became Chairman as well as Chief Editor for Yangon Media Group since 2004 up to now. He works as a Director from 2011 till now in GEGG. He was elected as a President of Myanmar Journalist Association (2013-2015) and Patron of MJA (2015-2018).  He is also Information and PR executive of Myanmar Engineering Society (2012 – up to now). He was also member of Myanmar Press Council (Interim) 2013 – 2015.


8. Daw Nwe Zin Win  

Daw Nwe Zin Win has been working for more than 18 experiences as a head of Local NGO, Pyi Gyi Khin in advocating role of civil society in health sector reform, increasing access to health care services for HIV infected community and key affected population groups, engaging legal reform and Human Rights especially freedom of association and Right to Information and initiating community based protection of violence against women programs. She has been also a chair person of National NGO Network (Health) which include 130 organizations around the country that advocate engagement of CSO in health sector reform.  She has been member of Myanmar Health Sector Coordination Mechanism (M-HSCC) as the CSO representative. She is one of leading members from the working group of enabling legal environment for CSO to engage law reform process on Association Registration Law with the Parliament and Ministry of Home Affair since 2013. Daw Nwe Zin Win has MPA from Yangon Institute of Economic Myanmar and Diploma in Development Studies from Graduate Institutes of Geneva. She participated in many international fellowship programs.

9. U Lawi Weng

Lawi Weng, an ethnic Mon journalist from Myanmar, was one of three reporters arrested by the Myanmar Army on June 26, 2017, as he returned from a documentation trip to the front line of the country’s long-running civil war. While in the conflict area, Lawi Weng had covered a drug eradication event held by ethnic Ta’ang rebels, and had witnessed a fatal clash between the Ta’ang and state forces. Charged under Article 17(1) of the colonial-era Unlawful Associations Act, Lawi Weng and his colleagues spent two months and six days in jail, accused of supporting the Ta’ang armed group. Their case drew the attention of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and the international media. The three journalists were released on bail on September 1 after the Myanmar Army withdrew their case; the court officially dropped all charges against them two weeks later. For the past nine years, Lawi Weng has worked at Myanmar news outlet The Irrawaddy, where he reports in English on ethnic conflict and politics. Before returning to his home country in 2013, he lived and reported in exile for five years from Thailand, writing on human rights abuses being carried out in Myanmar’s ethnic states. He has also reported extensively on anti-Muslim violence in Myanmar and has traveled multiple times to Rakhine State, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have recently fled to Bangladesh amidst grave and widespread allegations of military abuses.

10. Mr Toby Mendel

Mr Toby Mendel is the Executive Director of the Centre for Law and Democracy, a Canadian-based international human rights NGO that provides legal and capacity building expertise regarding foundational rights for democracy, including the right to information, freedom of expression, the right to participate and the rights to assembly and association. Prior to that, he was for over 12 years Senior Director for Law at ARTICLE 19, a human rights NGO focusing on freedom of expression and the right to information. He has collaborated extensively with inter-governmental actors working in these areas

– including the World Bank, the UN and other special international rapporteurs on freedom of expression, UNESCO, the OSCE and the Council of Europe – as well as numerous governments and NGOs in countries all over the world. His work spans a range of areas, including legal reform and analysis, training, advocacy and capacity building. He has also published extensively on a range of freedom of expression, right to information, communication rights and refugee issues. Before joining ARTICLE 19, he worked as a senior human rights consultant with Oxfam Canada and as a human rights policy analyst at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

11. Daw Thin Thin Aung

Thin Thin Aung was born and brought up in Yangon, Myanmar. She studied Commerce at the Institute of Economics, Rangon and graduated in 1986.  In August 1988, when she was working at the government’s Ministry of Industries No. (1) as an accountant, Thin Thin Aung joined peaceful protests against the military junta that ruled her country for decades.

The following month, she saw fellow demonstrators killed during a violent crackdown and was forced to flee to India, where she spent 23 years in exile and worked as a stringer for the BBC’s Burmese language service from 1997 until 2006.

 In 1998, she cofounded Mizzima News Agency together with her partner Soe Myint in India while she studied Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Delhi.

As cofounder of the Women’s League of Burma (WLB), an umbrella group comprising 13 organizations working across ethnic lines for peace and democracy in Burma. , Thin Thin Aung coordinated its political empowerment program from 2006-2008 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

When she was able to return to her country at last in 2012, she continued her life-long activism and now serves on the WLB’s Advisory Board, building networks with local women’s organizations and the international community. In 2012-2013, she worked as project coordinator of the Conflict Sensitive Journalism trainings project supported by the International Media Support (IMS) to train 400 journalists nationwide.

She cofounded and served as a Steering Committee member of the Alliance for Gender Inclusion in the Peace Process (AGIPP), which is a Myanmar network of national NGOs and CBOs working on women’s rights and gender inclusion, as well as those working on peace and security in Myanmar.

She also directs the Mizzima Media Group, serving as Consulting Editor for gender and diversity. She pioneered Women in Myanmar Society to broadcast on MRTV, the state’s television channel, and is Executive Director of the program.



12. Ko Aung (DBV)

Since 2012, U Aung Ko Ko started as a reporter at (Nirinjara) news agency website, and later, he wrote about Rakhine State update news at the Online News including BNI. Then, he has been writing as a freelancer at private newspapers since 2014. He also wrote news and articles in Rakhine State based news journal such as Raakhine Mews Agency, Voice of Rakhine, Thazin Raceme.He started his career as a State based reporter at DVB TV News in 2014. Since October 2016, he has been working as a reporter based in Maung Daw area.

13. Mr. Ranga Kalansooriya, Regional Advisor for Asia, International Media Support

Ranga Kalansooriya, Regional Advisor for Asia of IMS an academic and media development expert from Sri Lanka with wide experience on journalism as well. Ranga, former Director General of Department of Government Information of the Government of Sri Lanka, received his Ph.D in journalism from the University of Sri Jayawardhanapura, Sri Lanka and is a Reuter Fellow of the Oxford University, United Kingdom. His publication ‘LTTE and IRA – Combating Terrorism and Discussing Peace’ was based on his research at the Oxford University in 2001. Ranga received his Master Degree from Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur and the Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) degree from the Open University of Sri Lanka. The Masters Research project on ‘e-fying terrorism’ was conducted at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studied at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Ranga was appointed spokesman to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka and then became Counsellor (Information), Sri Lanka High Commission, Kuala Lumpur. He is a visiting Lecturer in Journalism in several Sri Lankan universities. Ranga was the Director General of Sri Lanka Press Institute till August 2009 – the managing body of the Sri Lanka College of Journalism and the Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka.

14. U Myint Kyaw

Myint Kyaw started to work as a junior reporter at Myanmah Dana business magazine in late 2003. Then he wrote local news story and business feature for Myanmah Dana till late 2007. Early 2008 , standing as a freelance journalist ,contributed to some weekly papers and Irrawaddy online till 2008. He joined Visiting Scholar Program of Journalism School, University of Berkeley California from 2008 to 2009.In 2010 Myint Kyaw co-founded Yangon Press International news group with other colleagues. Then Myint Kyaw served as editor in chief of Yangon Press Int’l till May 2012.Since September 2012 started as journalism trainer, conducting basic journalism training in Myanmar Journalist Network, as local co-trainer in Conflict Sensitive Journalism trainings 2012 to 2013. Elected as general

secretary of Myanmar Journalist Network in Sep 2012 and continued till Aug 2015. Also a member of Interim Myanmar Press Council Sep since 2012, and also served as a member of newly elected Myanmar News Media Council 2015 till now. Currently working as Journalism Advisor in Internews, Myanmar. 


15. Daw Yin Yadanar Thein

Short Biography: Yin Yadanar Thein is the co-founder and director of the human rights organization, Free Expression Myanmar (FEM). Prior to co-founding FEM, Yin was the country manager for the free expression INGO, Article 19, and before that a women’s rights activist and a journalist. Yin has worked in Myanmar, London, Geneva and within ASEAN on a range of human rights issues, including media law reform, right to information, protest, hate speech, gender rights, and digital rights. Yin specializes in gender-based censorship in all its forms, and has since 2012 also advocated with the Myanmar government, national and international stakeholders on the importance of adopting international standards for the country’s Broadcasting Law, News Media Law, Printing and Publishing Law, Assembly Law, Telecommunications Law and bills on public service media, right to information and hate speech.


He was born in 1979 and passed matriculation in 1997. He studied Law in Dagon University from 2000 to 2003 and graduated LLB in 2005. He is Advocate for Freedom of Expression and Media. Since 2005,  he defense the interest of criminal matters including Freedom of Expression  and Media Issues . He was one of the lawyer who represented in Unity journal case.  In 2015 of April , he was  elected as a secretary for Myanmar Media lawyers’ Network. He  arranged legal Trainings and Workshops for Media  and he represented for Media and Freedom of Expression cases

17. Mr. Thomas Baerthlein

Thomas Baerthlein was a radio and multimedia journalist with Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle from 2000 to 2011. He worked as a reporter, live host, desk editor and head of department in DW’s German, English and South Asian language sections and covered international conferences and elections in various parts of Asia. Between 2011 and 2016, he was in charge of media development projects at Internews, first managing a project in Pakistan and then supervising a wide range of projects, including in Myanmar, from London. In November 2016, he joined DW Akademie as a project manager in Yangon. He is a German citizen, has lived in several Asian countries and is fluent in German, English, Chinese, Hindi and Urdu.

18. U Khin Maung Win

U Khin Maung Win participated in the nationwide demonstration led by students in August-September 1988 demanding democracy and greater freedom. Following the military coup on 18 September 1988 he left for the Thai-Myanmar border and joined the student organisation All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF). He was mainly responsible for the information department of the ABSDF. He is one of founding members of the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), which was set up in 1992 in Oslo. He was appointed Deputy Executive Director of the DVB in 2001. Since 2012, DVB has been gradually moving back to Myanmar and now registered as DVB Multimedia Group. Khin Maung Win is now working in DVB Yangon Office. While studying his Master’s Degree on Human Rights in Thailand between 1998-2001, he joined Asian Net Work for Free Election (ANFREL) and monitored elections in Indonesia, Cambodia and Thailand. He covered elections in Scandinavia for DVB.



19. Mai Naing Naing Oo

He arrived in Thai-Burma border, jointed the Palaung Youth Network Group by the name of Mai Aik Zham now Mai Naing Naing Oo (which now named Ta’ang Student and Youth Organization) and studied Basic English and computer. He attended and studied the school of journalism in Chiang Mai one year course provided by Inter-News, NGO now based in Yangon. Studied and interned of the journalism with SBS, Special Broadcasting Service (Burmese Section) in Australia for 3 months. He become the coordinator of information department at Palaung (Ta'ang) Youth Network Group _ PYNG the Ta'ang youth organization based in Thailand which formed in 1998 in Thai side. He had been working at news collecting and also become the inland coordinator stayed in China side, started managing for the empower training for the Palaung people. He also built and launches the Palaung website name the Palaung Land (palaungland.org) and worked in information process until 2008 before he retired. Now the PYNG have moved and implementing the task in Myanmar reformed the PYNG to Ta'ang Student and Youth Union _ TSYU in 2005. In 2013, he was the founder of the Managar Journal which represented the Palaung Community to be the voice the Palaung People. He is working at the Marnagar Journal as the coordinator (Editor in Chief) taking high responsibility and also working as the panther with media organization in Myanmar.

20. Nan Paw Gay

Nan Paw Gay is the former Development Officer and Executive Director of BNI and also the editor in chief of Karen Information Center (KIC). She was born in Hpa-an, the capital of Karen State. She was studying in Hpa-an local college for two years and finished her studying in Mawlamyine University, Mon state in 1995.  Nan Paw Gay was starting to work with KIC on April, 2000 as exile media and until now she works in KIC over 16 years. In the beginning of the year, she worked in KIC as an office staff and reporter. In 2001, she got the journalism trainings which were organized by Internews.  Then she also attended the political workshop, the organizational management workshop, women empowerment training, feature training, oral history training, and some media forum/conferences etc,.  At the same time to work with KIC, she also worked with Karen Women Organization – KWO which is stand for Karen women and children in Thai-Burma border include Karen refugees. She is also still a member of KWO central standing committee. In 2008, all of the KIC senior staffs resettle to the third countries; she was the director and chief editor of KIC starting from the time.  Then she joined the BNI bi-annual meeting in 2009 and KIC would be a member of BNI.  She is leading KIC and now working online media with Burmese and English, and monthly news journal with Karen and Burmese languages by registered. Another production of KIC is weekly online radio package and weekly Karen language TV program which broadcast in DVB channel. Now she is managing the KIC and also as the spoke person.

21. U Nay Min Aung

Min Min @ Nay Min Aung worked as Editor – in – Charge in Arakan Review Online News which was situated in Thailand. He also worked as a translator in The World News Journal which is published in Malaysia. He worked as Editor – in – Charge and chief editor in Develoment News Journal, Rakhine. Since 2014, he work as Rakhine Ethnic Language producer in Radio Free Aisa – Myanmar Department. He is also a founder of Root Investigative Agency (RiA) which is implementing the Diversity and Peaceful Coexistent Project in Rakhine.

22. U Kyaw Lin Oo

Actively participated in 1996 and 1998 Students’ Activities. He left Myanmar in 2001 and attended Pre-Graduate class of International Relationship at Webster University, Thailand. He graduated in 2004 and then worked as Education Project Coordinator at Foundation for Education and Development based in southern Thailand which supports Myammar migrant workers. In 2007, he attended Master Degree Course of Political Science at Ramkhamhaeng University with supporting education and after learning; he graduated M, A. (Political Science) at 2009. During living in Thailand, he wrote review on Myanmar Democracy Issue and broadcasted the Articles on exiled journals and broadcasting departments. He returned Myanmar in 2011 and worked at an NGO, Network Activities Group from  March 2011 to December 2012. He organized Myanmar People Forum Working Group in October 2011 and served as Executive Director. Now he is serving as a member of supporting group of Peace Commission which is organized by the State Government and performing the Peace Process.


SESSION 4 : countering misinformation in the digital age

23. Ms. Ljijana Zurovac 

Ljiljana Zurovac has been the executive director of the Press Council in Bosnia-Herzegovina since September 2005. An expert on media self-regulation and ethics, she established a new press council for all print and online media in Bosnia-Herzegovina. She has established educational programs on media ethics and press freedom, as well as on media literacy for diverse audiences. She had previously worked for six years as programme director at the Media Plan High College of Journalism. Between 1980 and 2008 she worked as an active radio and TV journalist, editor and host of live programs at PBS and Radio FERN.

24. Mr Pierre François DOCQUIR

Mr Pierre François DOCQUIR (PhD) is a researcher and expert in the fields of Human Rights Law, Internet and Media Law and Regulation. He has joined the freedom of expression NGO ARTICLE 19  (www.article19.org) in 2015, as Senior Legal Officer.  He previously served as vice-president of the Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel in French-speaking Belgium (2007-2015) and was a researcher at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, where he obtained his PhD in Law in 2009. He was a lawyer (‘avocat’) at the Brussel’s Bar (2000-2004). His publications include a volume on the evolution of media regulation in the age of convergence, a book on comparative free speech law (US-ECHR), and numerous articles on the protection of Human Rights in the digital context, the evolution of media landscapes and media policy, the European Convention on Human Rights and various aspects of freedom of expression in worlds that are digitized – or not. At ARTICLE 19, Pierre François focuses on media freedom, media regulation, and the evolution of media policy in the context of convergence. He currently is a member of the Council of Europe’s MSI-MED Committee of experts on media pluralism and transparency of ownership.

25. U Nay Myo Kyaw @ U Nay Phone Latt

U Nay Myo Kyaw was born on 28th June 1980 in Yangon, Myanmar. He achieved Cyber – dissident Award jointly with Zaganar by Reporters Without Borders, Freedom of Writed Award by PEN American and 100 most Influential People in the world by TIME Magazine on 2010. He is also Honorary Fellow

in Writing by the University of Iowa for participating in the creative activities of the International Writing Program (2012). He write the articles in the local magazines and journals since 2004. He write on the personal blog www.nayphonelatt.com since 2007. He worked as Inspector at Pyay Gardenb Condominium Project for one year. He worked as Maintenance officer in Singapore for one year. He is

one of the editors of Thanlwinainmatt Online Magazine, www.thanlwin.com since 2007. He published six books such as The City I slipped down, I and Others, To my little brother, Art for him; Hurts for me, To/From Nay Phone Latt. He was former Executive Director of an NGO, MIDO (Myanmar ICT for Development Organization from 2012 to 2015. He worked as Secretary in PEN Myanmar and he is member of PEN Myanmar now. He is elected parliament member for Yangon Region Parliament in 2015 Election. He is a member of Social Affair and Management Committee in Yangon Region Parliament since 2015 till present. He is a second leader of Yangon Region Parliament Information Steering Body since 2016 to present.


26.H. E. Mr Staffan Herrström

Mr. Staffan Herrstrom was born on 28 January 1955 in Strängnäs, Sweden
 and married to Karin Herrström.  He has  24 and 22 years old daughters. 2015  at present, he is  Ambassador of Sweden to the Kingdom of Thailand, Lao Peoples’ Democratic Republic and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. He was Ambassador of Sweden to Poland in 2011- 2015. He  worked as a Ambassador of Sweden to Vietnam  in 2010 – 2011,  Ambassador of Sweden to Tanzania in 2007-2010 respectively.  From 2004 to 2007, he was  Director, Department for Policy and Methodology (including responsibility for multilateral coordination from autumn 2005) and he was working as  Deputy Director General Sida in 2003. He worked  Director, Department for Europe,
Deputy Director General Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida  from 1995 to 2004.From 1991 to 1994, he worked as State Secretary, Prime Minister’s office (heading the coordination for the Liberal Party under Deputy Prime Minister Bengt Westerberg) and  he was Head of Office, Parliament Group for the Liberal Party from 1991-1986. He worked as a Journalist for  Göteborgs-Posten (editorials)
in 1983-1986 and he worked Political adviser to Deputy Prime Minister Ola Ullsten from 1981 to 1982. He was  Secretary General, Swedish Liberal and Radical  in 1976-1978 and Youth Secretary, Swedish Liberal and Radical Youth, Uppsala  in  1976-197.  He  passed High school (Katedralskolan, Uppsala ) in 1973, and received  Bachelor of Arts (Russian, Eastern European Studies, Political science – University of Uppsala) in  1980 . He is fluent in English and Polish.

27. U Ko Ko Zaw

U Ko Ko Zaw is a chief editor of Than Lwin Times Journal based in Mawlamyine. Than Lwin Times is a local based ethnic media and weekly published with bilingual (Mon and Myanmar). He was born in Mawlamyine 1963. He is one of the political prisoners in 1999 political movement and released in 2003 from Mawlamyine Prison. He was working his family business Printing Services called Myoe Lall Printing House since 1980. In 1988 people democracy movement, his printing published daily newspaper covering news of Mawlamyine Democracy movement. In 2012, he and his colleagues invested to publish local based ethnic journal. Then Than Lwin Times occurred as first ever government recognized ethnic journal in Myanmar. In 2013, Than Lwin Times Journal changed to bilingual (Mon and Myanmar) Journal and now published weekly to Mon, Kayin and Tanintharyi Region. He was not a graduate because of his family business at that time. He was working in the supporting role of Civil Society Development in Mon State. He was an executive members of Mon State CSO Network, Civilian Ceasefire Monitoring Committee (Mon State) and Mon State Common Space Dialogue Program as a media advisor. He is a founder of Than Lwin Hlaing (Sanlween Wave) Publishing House.

28. U Myo Tha Htet

Agenda 2017 - Strategies and way forward


8:30 AM


9:00 AM

Opening Session


»         H.E The President / H.E The State Counsellor

»         H.E the Union Minister of Information

»         Ms. Min Jeong Kim, Head of Office – UNESCO

»         U Thiha Saw, Secretary, Myanmar Press Council

Keynote Speech:

Dr. Zin Mar Kyaw, Associate Professor, Department of Journalism, National Management Degree College, Yangon University

10:00 AM

Group Picture / Tea Break

10:30 AM




»         Daw May Thingyan Hein, C E O, Myitmakha Media

»         U Zayar Hlaing, Chief Editor, Mawgun Magazine

»         Mr. Bambang Harymurti, The Commissioner of PT Tempo Inti Media Tbk

Moderator: U Sein Win, Training Director, Myanmar Journalism Institute

30 minutes for presentations / 45 minutes for discussion 

SESSION 1 (b): Media plurality and sustainability


»         Daw Aye Aye Zin, Founder, Thaninthayi Journal and Dawei Watch

»         U Kyaw Min Swe, Chief Editor, The Voice

»         Mr. Michael Pan, Executive Director, Internews

Moderator: U Ko Ko (Settmu Tetkatho) Patron, Myanmar Journalists Association

30 minutes for presentations / 45 minutes for discussion  

11:45 AM


SESSION 2 (a):  Access to Information and information outreach 


»         Daw Nwe Zin Win, Executive Director, Pyi Gyi Khin  

»         Lawi Weng, Reporter, Irrawaddy

»         Mr. Toby Mendel, Executive Director, Centre for Law and Democracy

»         Moderator:  Daw Thin Thin Aung, Director, Mizzima Media Group

30 minutes for presentations / 45 minutes for discussion  

Session 2 (B): Safety of Journalists and the issue of impunity on crimes against journalists


»         U Aung Ko Ko @Ko Aung (DBV), Broadcast Journalist, DVB TV News

»         U Yu Lwin, Commissioner, Myanmar Human Right Commission 

»         Dr. Ranga Kalansooriya, Regional Advisor Asia, International Media Support

Moderator: U Myint Kyaw, Member, Myanmar Press Council    

30 minutes for presentations / 45 minutes for discussion  

1:00 PM


2:00 PM


Session 3 (A): Media legislation and freedom of expression online and offline


»         Daw Yin Yadanar Thein, Programme Manager, Freedom Expression Myanmar

»         U Than Zaw Aung, Secretary, Myanmar Media Lawyers’ Network

»         Mr. Thomas Baerthlein, Project Manager Community Media, DW Akademie   

Moderator: U Toe Zaw Latt, Bureau Chief (Myanmar), DVB

30 minutes for presentations / 45 minutes for discussion

Session 3 (B): The role of Ethnic media in peace-building


»         Mai Naing Naing Oo, Chief Editor, Managar Journal

»         Nan Paw Gay, Chief Editor, Karen Information Centre

»         Ko Min Min, Founder, Root Investigative Agency (RIA)

Moderator: U Kyaw Lynn Oo, Coordinator, Myanmar Peace Council

30 minutes for presentations / 45 minutes for discussion

3:15 PM


3:45 PM

SESSION 4: Countering misinformation in the digital age


»         Daw Htike Htike Aung, Executive Director, MIDO   

»         U Han Thar Nyein, Editor, Kamayut Media

»         Mr. Pierre Francois Docquir, Senior Legal Officer, Article 19

»         Ms. Ljiljana Zurovac, DW Akademie Myanmar Press Council Consultant


U Nay Phone Latt , Member of Parliament, Yangon (former Executive Director of MIDO)

40 minutes for presentations / 60 minutes for discussion  

5:00 PM


7:00 PM



9:30 AM

Session 5:  Media development in myanmar: strategies and the way forward (I) REPORTING BACK from BREAK-UP SESSIONS

Representatives of the break up sessions (1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B) and Session 4 will present their recommendations to the larger group. These presentations should confine to summery but not long presentations.


»         Representative/Moderator of Session 1A

»         Representative/Moderator of Session 1B

»         Representative/Moderator of Session 2A

»         Representative/Moderator of Session 2B

»         Representative/Moderator of Session 3A

»         Representative/Moderator Session 3B

»         Representative/Moderator Session 4

Moderator: U Thiha Saw, General Secretary, Myanmar Press Council  

30 minutes for presentations / 45 minutes for discussion  

11.45 AM

Session 6: media development in myanmar: strategies and the way forward (II) Concluding Session and Closing

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

»         Speaker 1 – H.E The Union Minister of Information

»         Speaker 2 – H.E Mr. Staffan Herrström, Ambassador of Sweden in Myanmar

»         Speaker 3 – U Ko Ko Zaw, Than Lwin Times

»         Speaker 4 – U Myo Tha Htet, Media Advisor, Internews


Duration: 45 minutes for presentations

12.30 PM

lunch / end of conference