Broadcasting Law — ရုပ်မြင်သံကြားနှင့် အသံထုတ်လွှင့်ခြင်းဆိုင်ရာ ဥပဒေ
The Broadcasting Law was created to open up the government-controlled television and radio sector and allow new private and community channels to apply for licences. Unfortunately the law keeps all undemocratic government-controlled channels and creates a broadcasting regulator that is not independent from government control. The Broadcasting Law also fails to cover the move from analogue to digital broadcasting or the role of broadcasters in elections.
Although the Broadcasting Law was adopted in 2015, no bylaws have been adopted and so the law is not in force. The NLD Ministry of Information is working on an amendment bill. In the meantime, following public pressure a few private companies have been given sub-licences.
Summary of recommendations
The Broadcasting Law is not suitable for a democracy and needs amending to remove government-controlled channels and protect the independence of the regulator. The Broadcasting Law also needs to explain how Myanmar will move to digital broadcasting, and say how broadcasters will need to cover the upcoming elections due around 2019.
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