Magazine article New Internationalist

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Magazine article New Internationalist

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Behind the scenes

One of the video-journalists who shot Oscar-nominated Burma VJ is in jail for his efforts. His colleague on the project, Ay Min Soe - himself now in exile in Thailand - talks to Joseph Allchin about the film and its repercussions.

In Burma the act of journalism and covering events such as the 'Saffron Revolution' is implicitly political and people see it as uniquely important; the media are denied rights and prevented from revealing the military regime's brutality. So the work of the undercover video journalists is critical. As another day on the run ends with talk of jail, military intelligence and fawning Western admiration, I ask Ay Min what he would add about this chapter of his history and his struggle: 'Don't forget about the people who are suffering because of the Saffron Revolution, including the monks. Don't forget about them,' he replies.

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