Media to false and defamatory statements, individualism, ruin

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Media
raise our consciousness by providing information and knowledge. Media also
helps reach the voice of public to the concerned authorities. It educates
people relating health matter, environmental conservation, etc.

A
press or news media enjoys greater
freedom in a democratic country whereas it is lesser movement in a dictatorship country. An independent press and
news-media did check on government and administrators. The duty of free press is to raise voice against any social wrong. 

Sometimes, it leads to
false and defamatory statements, individualism, ruin of reputation such as
cyber bullies and crime.

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Reporters without Borders ranked Myanmar 174 out of 178 in its 2010 Press Freedom Index, ahead of just Iran,
Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea. In 2015, Myanmar climbed up to 144. In
the latest 2017 World Press Freedom Index, Myanmar currently ranks 131 out of
180 countries.

Media supports Myanmar democratic transition a
lot. Under the
military rule, the foreign media such as BBC, VOA, RFA and DVB were
broadcasting the propaganda of Democracy while the domestic media is under the
limitation of freedom.

In the transition
period, both the foreign media and the domestic media are ever trying to keep
the freedom of opinion and expression. Because of these efforts, the government
can know more the public needs and opinion which support the public policy decision
making process.

With the development of
media, the transparency and accountability of government as a democratic norm
starts to be rooted. The public is more motivated to participate in social,
political and democratic movements through the freedom of media.

The world press freedom
index of Myanmar is described as developed gradually per year. The world press
freedom index of Myanmar is described 144 in 2015 and 143 in 2016, and it jumped
to 131 in
2017. The more freedom of media will support to maintain the transparency and
accountability of government, and the freedom, equality and dignity of
civilians. The status of Myanmar in freedom of media comparing ASEAN and
neighbours according to World Press Freedom Index is as below;

2017 World Press Freedom Index

Ranking

Countries

124

Indonesia

127

Philippines

131

Myanmar (Burma)

132

Cambodia

136

India

142

Thailand

144

Malaysia

146

Bangladesh

151

Singapore

156

Brunei

170

Laos

175

Vietnam

176

China

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.    Conclusion

Myanmar’s
50 years of media blockage under the military government results in mistrust to
the state media and lesser influence on internal and international communities.

Myanmar’s
media cannot break through foreign countries and solve fabricated stories to a
greater extent. 

Freedom
of Media should be free from government’s control but in accordance with code
of conduct and press ethic.

Media
workers should be given freedom of speech and expression in accordance with
code of press ethic and government policy which means nothing shall be published
that will endanger the security, stability and sovereignty of the Union.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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