What effect is digital technology having on efforts to defend and improve press and broadcasting freedom in Burma?
As described before, digital technologies as in digi- and mobile cams, the web and social media have helped the DVB to spread the word, to tell the story of people in Burma and unveil the misdoings of the repressive Junta regime.
Nevertheless, Sam and Joshua agreed, that not much has changed in Burma since the 2007 uprising. Despite the recent elections and Aung San Suu Kyi being freed in November last year, the Junta’s grip over the country is still iron.
Sam even said:
“Everbody witnessed that, after the election, they now are trying to control more and more all of the foreign media. (…) Censorship still remains the same ever since the 1990s. (…) The situation remained very ancient, there is no such [thing as] improvement in Burma.”
People do seem to be more open and they dare to report on how the government is treating them. But at the same time, the Burmese government tries to expand their propaganda impact through becoming more international: They are hiring English-speaking news anchors and allow little showcases, such as the Aung San Suu Kyi story, to give the impression that things are getting better.
True change is yet to be seen.