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Burma VJ – reporting from a closed country

July 2009

by Anders Ostergaard

This is the story of ‘Joshua’, an underground video journalist, and his colleagues who risk all by reporting the 2007 revolt against the Burmese junta. For several vital days, the Democratic Voice of Burma overcomes the military’s media clampdown and gets the news out as the monks’ protest spreads across the entire society. What it lacks in context Burma VJ makes up for in immediacy. You are right there on the streets of Rangoon, feeling the excitement and the fear.


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