A group of Myanmar print editors and media policymakers will visit the Philippines from 25-30 September 2011 to learn more about how Philippine media transitioned from operating in a controlled environment during the martial law period into the free media environment. They plan to hold dialogues with academic and media training institutions regarding media practices that can assist in the democratization of society.
On 27 September 2011, they will meet with ACFJ students, alumni and professors at the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. Their agenda focuses on the Myanmar media situation and how Philippine media training institutions contribute towards building the capacity of media practitioners to better serve their profession and society in general.
Aside from ACFJ, the Myanmar journalists and policymakers will visit the Manila Times, Philippines Information Agency, National Broadcasting Network, Center for Community and Development Journalism and the Philippine Center for Journalism.
The Myanmar journalists include the Dr. Tha Tun Oo, chairman/CEO of TODAY Media Group, U Myat Khaing, chief editor of Snap Shot Journal; UZayathu, chief editor, Voice Journa; U Aung Paw Tun, editor in charge of Messenger/ Ecovision Journal, U Arr Mann, editor, Day News Journal; U Pho Naing Lin, chief editor of Popular News Journal; U Myo Lwin, editor, Myanmar Times Journal; U Saw Myint Than, editor in charge, Yangon Media Group; U Ko Ko, editor, Yangon Media Group; and U Myo Tun, director and chief editor of Arpaybeikman.
The Singapore-based Asian Media Information and Communication Centre is organizing the Philippine visit of the Myanmar journalists.