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Burmese journalists working for the exile radio and TV station Democratic Voice of Burma (video in English)

Burmese journalists working for the exile radio and TV station Democratic Voice of Burma (video in English)

Published on Monday 18 May 2009. Updated on Tuesday 23 March 2010.
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Than Win Htut works as a reporter for Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), a radio and TV station based in Oslo that beams broadcasts to Burma. It was founded by a group of pro-democracy students who escaped the 1988 massacres.

Thanks to a network of journalists working clandestinely in Burma, DVB is able to cover what is going in the country and thereby upset the military government, which is used to having strict control over all the news put out by the media.

During the crackdown on the September 2007 protests, DVB was one of the very few news media that managed to get photos and video of what was going on. Three of its journalists are currently in prison in Burma.

Than Win Htut’s safety as a reporter was compromised in Burma so he went to neighbouring Thailand. He had no document permitting him to stay in Bangkok or the northern city of Chiang Mai so he used a false passport, but this meant he was in permanent danger of being deported back to Burma. He finally decided to seek refuge in France. The French government has recognised his refugee status so he is now able to work safely.

He gives an astonishing account of what life is like for Burmese journalists working in both Burma and Thailand.

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