Publishers in Myanmar are jostling for printing daily newspapers as
the Information Ministry on 28 December announced its plan to
privatize the daily industry closed for decades.
Myanmar’s daily newspaper industry is currently dominated by three
government mouthpieces—Kyemon, Myanma Alinn and The New Light of
License applications are invited to submit as of 1 February and the
licenses will be granted ahead of 1 April on which the first private
dailies will be allowed to hit the news stand.
The announcement came along with criticisms as the license application
requires the ownership documents of the press. Many publishers in
Myanmar do not own a press.
A few days later, the ministry officials said the requirement of the
ownership documents does not mean the publisher needs to own a press
but to have agreement with a press owner. Avoiding the row?
The Myanmar Times, Eleven Media Group, 7Day News, The Voice, Yangon
Times, and a few private weeklies are poised to turn to the daily
Strangely—and also not such odd enough—two leading political parties
National League for Democracy the party led by Nobel laureate Daw Aung
San Suu Kyi and the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party will
also apply for daily publication.
The government-run dailies are redefining themselves as proclaimed
“Public Service Media” to cope with changes. Union Minister for
Information U Aung Kyi earlier said two Burmese language dailies will
be kept under public corporation and a joint venture with a private
partner to run The New Light of Myanmar, the English language
Exile media Mizzima and Irrawaddy also entered the country later the
previous year as the country is increasingly likely to enjoy freedom
of speech and publication.
photo ref: kyemon, myanma alinn, the new light of myanmar