Young Journalists Hit the Streets of Burma Reporter: Banyol Kong Janoi/Zar Ni Title: Burma young journalist

Date: 06/02/2013 INTRO In the past young people in Burma didn’t dream of becoming a journalist. It was a dangerous professional that could land you in prison. Journalists in Burma often kept their profession a secret from their family to protect them. But as Burma starts to become more democratic and the government has changed its censorship laws…. things are changing. Banyol Kong Janoi and Zar Ni have more from Rangoon. TEXT SFX: Ye Naing Oo Interviews his source 28-year-old Ye Naing Oo is conducting an interview at a press conference. He joined a weekly journal six months ago – despite objections from his parents. After finishing high school, he was forced to continue his studies at the University of Medicine, one of the most prestigious universities in Burma. Oo clip 1 (Male/Burmese) "I couldn't say no to them, so I had to attend the school. I wasn’t interested in the lessons and didn’t do the assignments properly. I just read what I was interested in. And at the time, I didn’t know anything about journalism. So in my final year in 2007, I started to learn more about it. I finished medical school and gave the certificate to my parents. Then I could do what I really wanted to do.” He attended some training courses including English and computer classes. Oo clip 2 (Male/Burmese) "When I was young, I wanted to open a bookshop. I read a lot of writers' biographies so I wanted to be a writer.” Many young people are now eager to become journalists after the government abolished strict censorship laws in August last year. SFX: Journalism Training Class Ye Naing Moe is teaching basic writing skills for 15 aspiring young journalists. He was also an editor for a local weekly journal.

Moe Clip 2 ( Male/Burmese) "During the 2007 Saffron Revolution. many young people started working openly for the press. move to another in the afternoon. In the long term. But in April the countries first daily independent newspapers in different languages will hit the stands. the press was still under the strict control of the government.” Reporters Without Borders recently praised Burma as one of the few bright spots in Asia for press freedom. For example.” .” The 2007 Saffron Revolution was a turning point – journalists gained a lot of respect then. I teach every day. The Non profit Organization Myanmar Journalist Network is trying to fill the gap by providing free training for young journalists. They’re now proud of their profession. Myint Kyaw clip 1 (Male/Burmese) "Many weekly journals are now planning to launch daily newspapers. they will do what they think is best. If they told their parents that they were working as a journalist.” In the past only weekly news papers in the official Burmese language were allowed. Moe clip 4 (Male/Burmese) “If these young journalists don't get proper training and we can't provide them with the proper journalism skills. Sometimes I teach in one place in the morning. Some of my trainees left home after they decided to work as journalists. if people identified themselves as a journalist. After the government relaxed restrictions on the media. some young journalists come to my home to consult me. untrained journalists won't follow the proper code of ethics. Ye Naing Moe has witnessed great changes in journalism. Myint Kyaw is the Network’s secretary. Moe Clip 1 (Male/Burmese) "Over the last 10 years. Moe Clip 3 (Male/Burmese) "Now. many people recognized the role of professional journalists and citizen journalists. for sure. nobody would want to talk to them. But media trainer Ye Naing Moe says unskilled journalists could jeopardize the country’s press reputation. their parents wouldn’t allow them because it’s a risky job. And at night. But at the time.Having worked as a freelance media trainer in Rangoon for years. So these young people may misuse the practice of journalism. These young journalists really need training. from morning to night. people won't believe the press. And they’re recruiting a lot of young people to report the news. Meaning there is a high demand for journalism training in Burma.” The Ministry of Foreign Affairs opened a journalism school in 2007 but there is no independent school.

Burmese): “There is a civil war in our state. 22-year-old San Mun Yar is confident she can start reporting from her home in the Kachin state. We only have a few journalists in Burma. this report is produced by Banyol Kong Janoi and Zar Ni in Rangoon.SFX: Journalism Training Class After attending the basic journalism training.” For Asia Calling. I realised how important the role of the media is in a democratic transition. . San Mun Yar clip 2 (Female.

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