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The paper examines the connections between trans-national flow of medias and societal and political changes in dictatorial regimes through an economic analysis by the Burmese exiled Burmese organisation Demokratratic Voice of Burma (DVB). Observations and feedbacks at DVB's Oslo studios during the 2010 Burma election and documentaries will explore how diaspora-movies can help democratise in a country where freedom of the written and spoken in politics is greatly restricted.
Appadurai's first section is based on Appadurai's idea of world streams to explore the trans-national streams of individuals, finance, media, idea and technologies that contributed to DVB's business from 1992 to 2010. This next section looks at some of theories behind DVB's groundbreaking 2010 election reporting on Sat-TV in the United States.
Lastly, the paper closes with a brief debate on the continued importance of opposing forces' medias outside Burma in the midst of the liberalisation policies carried out by Thein Seine's nominal civil regime in 2011.
DEMOCATIC VOICE OF Burma (DVB) for the termination of short wave transmissions
In late October, after 21 years of airtime, the Demcratic Voice of Burma (DVB) will discontinue production of its ethnic-language wireless programme, as announced at a DVB Group' Programme employee gathering last night. "Because there are more and more periodicals and periodicals in the state, the public has become smaller.
We' re broadcasting the news at six in the mornings and nine in the evenings, but back then the public loved magazines and papers instead of just sitting around for us," said DVB journalist U Khin Maung Soe. DVB's short-wave programmes are attracting only 2% of Burma's exiled channels, the smallest of the four exiled channels, according to a US-based group collecting information about Burma's short-wave-broadcasters.
Because of the low number of viewers, DVB broadcasters proposed to stop transmitting wireless programmes and to start producing TV programmes instead. The switch from audio to television can, however, present DVB's ethno-group programme managers with a number of problems and challenging tasks. DVB's latest programme is available in Kachin, Karenni, Karen, Chin, Mon, Rakhine and Shan.
National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB) started the DVB Burmese Program in Oslo, Norway and also broadcast from Oslo. The DVB Athnic Language Program was established on 19 July 1993 at the former Karen Nation Union Head Office in Marnepalaw by ethnically armoured groups.