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Maldives seeks India's help in media sector

The country has sought New Delhi's help in institutionalisation of the media and wants to follow the Prasar Bharati model.

india Updated: May 18, 2006 13:56 IST

The Maldives, which has embarked on a massive democratic reform process, has sought India's help in institutionalisation of the media and wants to follow the Prasar Bharati model, the island nation's Information Minister Mohamed Nasheed said on Wednesday.

Nasheed, who is currently on a visit to Delhi, met Information and Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunshi and placed his request for help in the institutionalisation process.

"I met your (I&B) minister and he has agreed to give me unconditional help in institutionalising our media sector -- that is through technical assistance, through Human Resource Development and also through bilateral exchanges," he said.

Nasheed said his government wants to follow the model of Prasar Bharati and learn from its experience.

"We are trying to look at the model of Prasar Bharati. We want to see how it is in relation to Doordarshan and All India Radio. We want to learn from their experience; how much the government is involved and how much the government is not involved," he said.

The young minister said he also met the faculty of Jamia Millia University and the Indian Institute of Mass Communication in pursuance of his plans.

Earlier, he had said that a free press is emphasised in his country as part of the reform process and freedom of the press legislation is pending before Parliament.

A press club and press council are also formed.