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Ex-Burma exile broadcaster DVB advertises
With more than two decades of reliance on major contributors, the Dvoice has declared its commitment to a commercially viable approach. Following more than two decade-long periods of donor-funded coverage and radio coverage, the Burma's flagship press agency, the Demcratic Voice of Burma (DVB), has stated that it will turn to a commercially viable approach when donator financing runs out.
Khin Maung Win, DVB's Vice President, said on Thursday at an formal ceremony at the Park Royal Hotel in Rangoon that "many challenges" would support the change. "There are many hurdles ahead of us because we have been working with donations for 21 years and have relied mainly on donor funds in the past.
We are not acquainted with the processes involved in running the organisation commercially," said Khin Maung Win. It was organised to make it public that DVB accepts business promotion and is prepared to cooperate with appropriate businesses. A solicitor Maung Maung Win, who works as a counsel for DVB, said he would "seek to help the business exist as a multimedia enterprise in accordance with Burma's current laws.
The DVB was established in 1992 by Burma's exiled activist forces in Oslo, Norway, in collaboration with the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB), a policy organisation directed against the then reigning Burma army regimes. DVB was one of the five Nobel Peace Prize shortlists in 2012 for its reliable and objective coverage of the Burma crisis in the face of heavy suppression by the former army regimes.
In 2012, DVB relocated its headquarters from Norway to Burma and Thailand. At the beginning of 2013, it began the step-by-step transition from a donor-financed agency to autonomous mediums with commercially partnered companies. A publicity agency spokesman who took part in the Thursday meeting said DVB was playing an important part in the broadcast of events in Burma at a period when there was no free movement of the judiciary in the state.
"A lot of folks like it because there was no TV that broadcast such controversial messages against the state. In 2007, many of Burma's citizens became DVB supporters when army forces violently fought national Buddhist monk rallies in the so-called Saffron Revolution, which DVB reporters were filming at great individual peril.
Burma has been in the limelight for a while with a videotape of protest and sanctions by the state.