Lao media should expose corruption: PM

Lao media should expose corruption: PM
Laotian Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong (L) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) shake hands during their meeting at Abe's official residence in Tokyo.

LAOS - Lao media and members of society should help to expose corruption and financial leaks that are partly to blame for the state's revenue shortfall last fiscal year, Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong has said.

Thammavong recently told the ongoing session of the National Assembly (NA) recently that better media reporting on corruption was an important part of the solution.

"We will give society and Lao media the role of reporting the facts regarding issues that resulted in the state losing revenue and financial leakage," Thammavong said.

"We will ask Lao media to report on this issue in a stronger manner. We will also have a box for the general public so they can leave their comments and concerns related to revenue collection as well as comment on the performances of various financial units."

NA members have expressed their support for the Prime Minister's decision to increase the participation of society and Lao media to expose financial leaks in a range of sectors.

NA member for Vientiane province, Duangdy Outthachak, said more media involvement would make the administration more transparent.

The current problem facing the Lao media is access to sources, since government sectors are reluctant to talk to the media about their problems and fear media reports could get them into trouble.

Duangdy said the prime minister's call could be a green light for society and the media to expose the facts regarding national development and revenue collection.

Duangdy said social media sites, especially Facebook, should be praised for exposing truths about development in Laos and providing information that could be the basis for authorities' investigations.

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