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More working journalists named to Burmese National Press Award committee


New Delhi (Mizzima) – Twelve Burmese working journalists have been added to the Burmese National Press Award committee charged with distributing national-level prizes for the best journalistic work in 2011.

A National Press Awards committee has been formed to select the best journalistic work in Burma in 2011. Photo: MizzimaA committee member, Maung Wun Tha, said the awards would to given to the highest caliber work that meets the professional standards set by the committee.
 
“The state-run media still does not meet our standards,” he said. “They only report government activities and news that is issued by the government. We will award the prizes for the best news reporting, editorial, feature, cartoon and photograph that meet our standards,” said Maung Wun Tha, a consulting editor with Pyithu Khit (People’s Age).

The National Press Award committee now includes 32 members who have decided on the criteria and standards for the awards, which will be presented in February 2012. Maung Wun Tha said the awards committee members will apply international standards in selecting the winners.

The 12 recently appointed members include working journalists Thiha Thaw from Open News journal; Venus Journal editor-in-chief Dr. Myo Min Htike; Myo Nyunt Maung; Myanmar Post journal executive editor Than Htike Thu; Messenger Journal executive editor Thura Aung; 247 Journal editor-in-chief Myint Swe Myint; Hot News journal editor Hay Mar; Envoy Journal editor Zaw Tun Maung; 7 Day News journal editor Chan Nyein; journalist Aunt Maung; journalist Thar Ban; and cartoonist Ngwe Kyi.

The full committee has proposed 34 writers and journalists to serve as the prize-selection committee that will name the winners independently. The selection committee members’ names will be announced at a later date.

The National Press Award committee includes members of the Myanmar Writers and Journalists Association, independent journalists and officials from the state Press Scrutiny Board [the censorship board].

Burma media observers say that the Information Ministry uses the state-run media as vehicles for distributing propaganda while ignoring opposing views and opinions. The state-run media includes the New Light of Myanmar (Burmese and English editions), The Mirror, the military- funded Myawaddy Daily, the municipal committee-funded Rangoon City Daily and Mandalay Yadanabon. Prior to publication, all news journals must submit their stories and photographs to the state censorship board which routinely bans information and photographs from distribution.
 

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