The head of Oslo-based Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), Burma’s first independent TV station, Aye Chan Naing, has been a refugee in Norway since 1992, two years after the military annulled the National League for Democracy’s 1990 election victory and turned the country into a paradise for censors.
“As far as DVB is concerned, Reporters Without Borders has played a key role on the international stage since 1990, morally and concretely, drawing attention not only to the fate of the journalists in exile but also our colleagues still working inside Burma,” he said.
“Reporters Without Borders gave us its Press Freedom Prize in 2007 for combating censorship, and continues to help our journalists, who risk their lives by saying the truth. In particular, it helps those who flee abroad. As a result of our ‘Free Burma VJ’ campaign, which was funded and relayed by Reporters Without Borders, the 17 DVB journalists who had been held since 2007 were released in January.”