Myanmar Press Council Members Resign Over Military Directives

Half of Myanmar Press Council’s members resigned last week, saying they are unable to protect press freedom, uphold media ethics, or protect the safety of fellow journalists.

The 15 resignations on the press council come in response to directives issued by Myanmar’s military to news outlets on how they should cover the coup, and concern over legal and physical threats to journalists. The press council is an independent body set up to handle press disputes and ethics queries.     

The resignations are in response to letters the Ministry of Information sent to media outlets, ordering them to not use terms including “regime” or “coup,” Myint Kyaw, who was secretary of the Myanmar Press Council until resigning, told VOA Burmese.    

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Nyan Win Aung