Monday, November 14, 2011

Burma and the Media as Shown in "Burma VJ"

(Does not belong to me)
In the documentary "Burma VJ", the struggles of citizen journalists are shown magnificently. The public were not always friendly to them since the government used video to capture images of those at protests. The government would arrest the citizen journalists because it was against the law for them to have the cameras and be recording such things.
The scenes from "Burma VJ" really remind me of the first chapter of our International Journalism book. It is not always a smart (or safe) thing to be out there, gathering the news. One must think about these things, especially if they have family. However, the movie is different than the author's perspective in that it was necessary for these citizens to get out their story and the story of what was happening in their closed country.
They were the only source for this video and information. It was something that had to be done.

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