Statement of PEN Myanmar (2/2020)

Statement of PEN Myanmar (2/2020)
1st of April 2020, Yangon, Myanmar
Encouraging the implementation of the media law

  1. On March 30 in the evening, it is reported that U Nay Lin @ U Nay Myo Lin, the editor-in-chief and CEO of Voice of Myanmar (VOM) website, was brought in to interview by people in charge from Criminal Investigation Department (CID). It was heard that U Nay Lin @ U Nay Myo Lin has been charged under Articles 50 (a) and 52(a) of the Counter-terrorism Law for the inclusion and publishing of news about Arakan Army (AA) and interviews of AA spokesperson Khine Thu Kha. In the same incident, U Khine Mrat Kyaw, the editor-in-chief of Narinjara New Agency based Rakhine State and Myanmar Press Council’s member, also have been sued under Articles 50(a) and 52(a) of the Counter-terrorism Law. On March 31 evening, police visited the residence of U Hline Thit Zin Wai, the editor-in-chief of the Yangon Khitthit News and Myanmar Press Council 2nd Secretary, where police have conducted personal checks and property inspections.
  2. According to Media Code of Conduct by Myanmar Press Council Chapter 1: Accuracy, balance and fairness sub-section 1.1 it says “Media outlets have a duty to be balanced, impartial and fair in the treatment of news and current affairs. This implies that media outlets report and interpret news and current affairs honestly, and take care not publish or broadcast content which is inaccurate or distorted, or which may mislead or confuse readers, viewers or listeners”.
  3. In 2014 News Media Law it defined as Chapter 4: Duties and Code of Conduct to be complied by the Newsmen Section 9(a) “Scrutiny of completing as much as they can and preciseness and correctness on every information” and Section 9 (i) “Compliance with code of conduct and term issued by Myanmar News Media Council” along with Chapter 8: Action Section 21. “In case of damaged or aggrieved department, organization or person breaching the provision of the duties and code of conduct of section 9, sub‐sections b, d, f, g, initial complain shall be to the council”.
  4. In the statement released (11/2020) from Myanmar Press Council on March 31 also urged to report first to them if they are dissatisfied according to the News Media Law. In the statement issued of journalist’s sanctions by PEN Myanmar also strongly approach to report first if they were not satisfied corresponding to the News Media Law.
  5. By practicing freedom of the press and to encourage journalists who are acting in a fair and balanced manner in accordance with Chapter 1: article 1.1 of Media Code of Conduct. If there is a dispute over reporting of journalist, we urge the relevant authorities to first report to Myanmar Press Council under the News Media Law.

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