Monday, November 14, 2011

Burmese voice

Burma is a country which is closed to the other world. For the most countries it is a mystery what is going on there. This country isn’t either popular tourists‘ destination or an important political center. Foreigners are not welcome in Burma, that’s why the only people who can show the world, what is really going on there, are the local journalists. Public often know only the names of the famous anchors from the famous TV-channels. Not so many people can appriciate and recognize the importance and danger of the local journalists‘ work. For example, many journalists were killed during the war in Iraq. And most of them were Iraqi.

Looking at the history of the Saffron revolution 2007 in Burma, we can say, that local journalists did a great job. There were constantly under the risk and pressue. In the beginning of the film Burma VJ the narrator was caught with a camera in the street and because of that he was forced to leave the country. But nevertheless he claimed, that he liked his job and that he couldn’t stand sitting far away from the real events. It is sighnificant, how Burman journalists are devoted to their job. They were using handycams instead of the professional cameras, but were taking much more bigger risks doing their job. They could be arrested, even worse they could be beaten for attempts to tell the truth about the military dictatorship in their country. They were following the flow of the Saffron revolution from the very beginning. Without fear they went into the streets and recorded the crowds of people demanding to free Aung San Suu Kyi. The military forces tried to stop them. Burmese journalists met many obstacles on their way, but they managed to tell the story. CNN and other channels translated their materials world-wide revealing the truth about the protests in Burma.

The point of the journalistic job is to tell the story of the voiceless. The Democratic Voice of Burma managed to give a word to the Burmese. It didn’t matter, that the revolution didn’t end up well. The most important was that fact, that today Aung San Suu Kyi isn’t under house arrest anymore. The strict line of the government became more flexible. And the local journalists played not the least role in that change.

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