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ASEAN promotes accessible digital broadcasting

Framework for Promoting Accessibility for All in ASEAN Digital Broadcasting highlights the use of closed captions, audio description and sign language to aid the vulnerable population, persons with disabilities and senior citizens

Pauline Songco

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HOANG DINH NAM/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE ASEAN-AMRI has endorsed its framework that urge ASEAN member states to make its digital broadcasting industry more accessible.

At a time when the public needs accurate and timely information, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministers Responsible for Information (AMRI) has endorsed its framework containing guidelines that urge ASEAN member states (AMS) to make its digital broadcasting industry more accessible.

Titled Framework for Promoting Accessibility for All in ASEAN Digital Broadcasting, it highlights the use of closed captions, audio description and sign language to aid the vulnerable population, persons with disabilities and senior citizens.

In addition, the framework indicates three key stakeholders, namely government, broadcasters/private sector, and society, which will be engaged to promote and implement broadcasting access services in all of the AMS.

The framework was built upon the shared sustainable development goals, the ASEAN Vision 2025, ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint 2025 and the ASEAN Communication Master Plan II
(2018-2025).

Aside from ensuring the realization of the ASEAN as an inclusive and resilient community, the framework is seen as one of the outcome documents of the 15th AMRI meeting which will be hosted by Thailand in February 2021.

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