UEC holds seminar on freedom of expression, elections

With the aim to support the electoral processes by the media, Union Election Commission (UEC) held a seminar on “Understanding International Standards on Freedom of Expression and Elections’’ in cooperation with the Myanmar Journalist Association (MJA) and Article 19 at the UEC office yesterday.

At the meeting, Dr Pierre and Oliver Spencer from the Article 19 explained about the roles of international standards on free and fair elections, relations on broadcast media, elections and print media, justice and unbiased in the program of current affairs and election news, directly in touch with media, code of ethics that must be followed by journalists as well as controversial solutions to the crisis and keeping a watch on media.

 “2015 general election will be held at the end of October or early November. Regarding the election, the media can play a vital role in informing the public. Transparency, honesty and trust are very important in cooperating with the UEC and the media. As for journalists, they need to carry out the tasks without making unbiased reports and they also need to closely cooperate with the UEC and sub-committee members for timely releasing unbiased stories,” said Tin Aye, UEC’s chairman.