US-ASEAN Information Tour for Myanmar Journalists

Myanmar journalists with Ambassador Dinger on their first day of the USASEAN Information Tour
Myanmar journalists with Ambassador Dinger on their first day of the USASEAN Information Tour

Jakarta, Indonesia – US Mission to ASEAN, in partnership with US Embassy Rangoon, developed a two-day program form journalists from Myanmar to help them better understand ASEAN, U.S. – ASEAN relations, and the issues which underpin a free, open and professional media environment. On the first day, the seven journalists met with US Mission to ASEAN’s staff including Senior Advisor Ambassador Dinger, the Community Affairs Development team at the ASEAN Secretariat and the Executive Director at the ASEAN Foundation. The journalists asked about programs to reduce the ASEAN development gap in the region including LMI, the ASEAN Economic Community post 2015, and the South China Sea in their visits.

Building ties with fellow journalists in Indonesia as well as ASEAN and U.S. officials was an important part of the program, and day two of the workshop focused on facilitating discussions with Indonesia media representing radio, TV and print. Discussions included broadcast laws, press freedom, censorship, transparency, and covering elections. The meetings with Indonesian journalists also included tours of Asia Calling’s radio station, Kompas newspaper and Kompas TV’s studios. Technical aspects including training, compensation, staffing pattern as well as the structure of news shows were part of the conversation during their visit at Kompas.

For their final meeting, the journalists visited @america and took a tour on the 21st century American Center. The photo diary of the tour is available on our Flickr.

Myanmar journalists with Ambassador Dinger on their first day of the USASEAN Information Tour
Myanmar journalists with Ambassador Dinger on their first day of the USASEAN Information Tour