Democratic Voice of Burma
The Democratic Voice of Burma (Burmese: ဒီမိုကရေတစ်မြန်မာ့အသံ, abbreviated DVB) started as a non-profit media organization based in Oslo, Norway and Chiang Mai, Thailand. Run by Burmese expatriates, it made radio and television broadcasts aimed at providing uncensored news and information about Burma. Since 2012 DVB gradually moved back into Burma, where it is now an independent media company, called 'DVB Multimedia Group'.
|Type||Broadcast radio and television|
|Executive Director/Chief Editor Aye Chan Naing|
|July 1992 (radio)|
May 28, 2005 (television)
In July 1992, DVB began broadcasting programming into Burma from studios in Oslo, Norway and transmitting via shortwave radio from the Norwegian transmitter at Kvitsoy. Now the broadcast is sent via satellite and free-to-air digital tv.
On May 28, 2005, DVB expanded its programming and began satellite television broadcasts into the country. The organization stated that it hoped to reach some ten million Burmese through this new effort (which it claims is the first free and independent Burmese language television channel), which was funded in part by non-governmental organizations such as Free Voice of the Netherlands, the National Endowment for Democracy, and the Freedom of Expression Foundation.
In 2012, DVB started multimedia operations inside Myanmar openly, running a branch office with its former underground VJs.
DVB states that it has four primary goals:
- the provision of "accurate and unbiased news to the people of Burma"
- to "promote understanding and cooperation" among Burma's religious and ethnic populations
- to "encourage and sustain independent public opinion" and to provide for "social and political debate"
- to "impart the ideals of democracy and human rights" to the Burmese people
- Official website
- NBC News report (video) Dawna Friesen, "Myanmar regime trying to suppress protestors", September 26, 2007
- Burmese officer wants asylum in Norway,
- Live streaming on Livestation
- Eyes of the Storm PBS documentary shot primarily by Democratic Voice of Burma
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