Myanmar broadcast media awakening caught on film

Documentary maker Turid Rogne: 'It is rare to be able to follow media history in the making'. (Photo by Kavi Chongkittavorn)

"It is a great living experience," said film-maker Turid Rogne, 41, who has spent the past six years tracking the reporters of the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) inside Myanmar. Her aim was to capture their media investigations and activities on film during the good and bad times after the Thein Sein government opened up the media landscape in Myanmar at the end of 2011.

Rogne has been able to follow up close the evolution of the DVB, the country's first non-profit independent public broadcast channel, through its editor-in-chief, Aye Chan Naing, 52, who returned to Yangon in February 2012. After the 1988 uprising, he had gone into exile as a young student, along with thousands of other students and demonstrators. On the day he left home, he left a farewell note to his parents under his pillow, writing that he would come back soon. He would not return for 24 years.

In 1992, with the help of friends and supporters in Norway and Sweden, he set up a clandestine radio station broadcasting from Oslo, Norway. For over a decade, DVB radio was the only independent source of information from iron-clad Myanmar. From humble beginnings, the petite radio station expanded from a half-hour to a full-hour broadcast several times a day. In May 2005, with the proliferation of satellite dishes, the DVB began its first satellite TV news feeds.

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