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NLD concludes first journalism training course

New Delhi (Mizzima) – Thirty-six people attened the first journalism training course offered by the National League for Democracy in Rangoon, which wrapped up on Sunday.

Senior NLD leader Win Tin, left, and Secretary-General Aung San Suu Kyi at a ceremony for the first journalism training class offered by the NLD, part of a series of education classes the NLD has been offering the public. Photo: MizzimaThe training class was held at NLD headquarters in Bahan Township from May 16 to 22.

The training was supervised by NLD senior leader and journalist Win Tin. The instructors were Maung Moe Thu, Tha Ban, Aung Myint (aka) Pyapon Ni Lone Oo, Aung Shin and Zaw Myo Aung.

'The media is very important’, said Ohn Kyaing, a NLD spokesperson. ‘The objective was to allow the young people to understand journalism. We want them to apply journalism effectively'. In Win Tin’s words, ‘It’s the second most important thing in a country. It can help the state administration’.

The syllabus included an introduction to journalistic principles, newspapers, magazines, editors, freedom of the press, translation, news writing, ethics and citizen journalism.

'Citizen journalists can play very important roles’, said Ohn Kyaing. ‘During the political unrest in 2007, the event was well publicized around the world because of the efforts of citizen journalists. Despite severe restrictions by the government, there will still be many citizen journalists’.

Yarzar, a student from Monywa in Sagaing Region, told Mizzima, ‘I learned so much about journalism and politics. I now know that citizen journalists can do many things. With the help of citizen journalists, some Arab countries were able to make political changes. I’ll be involved in the crusade against unfairness by reporting the truth’.

The trainees will pass on information from the course to journalists in their home towns and more courses will be offered, said Ohn Kyaing.

Last Updated ( Monday, 23 May 2011 21:12 )  

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