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Campaign vs Myanmar press bill continues
Publication Date : 08-08-2013
The Myanmar Journalists Network (MJN) will continue collecting petitions against the Printing and Publishing Enterprise Bill that journalists say blocks the right of the public to news and information until August 10.
The campaign started on August 3 and has collected thousands of signatures. Campaigners wearing colourful t-shirts reading "Give the right to media freedom so that the public can access true information" went to busy places in Yangon such as Myaynigon, Sule and Della and places where media events took place.
"MJN is leading collecting petitions, which will be submitted to the president and government officials to let them know the pubic oppose the bill," said MJN secretary Myint Kyaw.
The campaign is also going on in other towns across the country.
The current move comes after the Lower House of Parliament approved the bill drafted by the Information Ministry earlier last month.
Journalists say the bill is designed to indirectly control and oppress press freedom, barring the public right to access news.
"We are only collecting petitions from the public because the time has not come to protest against the press bill. We will try our best to make sure the bill is not approved in a final stage," said Naing Min Wai, a MJN member.
Journalists, including members of Myanmar's interim press council, have opposed and criticised the bill ever since it was introduced. The criticism prompted the ministry to find a common ground with critics and vowed to amend the draft legislation.
However, most of the amendments agreed between the ministry and the press council were not implemented when the bill was approved.