THE PEOPLE OF 2004
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THE PEOPLE OF 2004


By The Irrawaddy DECEMBER, 2004 - VOLUME 12 NO.11


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“The best example is how the military managed to win the support of ethnic groups for a resumption of the National Convention, which lacks credentials.”

 

Shwe Ohn’s political philosophy is set out in his book Towards The Third Union of Burma.

 

Media________________________________

BBC Burmese Service

 

Millions of people in Burma are said to start their day by tuning in to the BBC’s Burmese service, an invaluable source of information about not only their own country but the world at large.

 

Government officials and military officers are known to listen regularly to the London-based BBC, which is undoubtedly the most popular of the four foreign radio stations broadcasting short-wave programs to Burma. The others are Radio Free Asia and Voice of America, both based in Washington DC, and the Democratic Voice of Burma, which broadcasts from Norway.

 

The BBC Burmese service broadcasts half an hour in the morning and 45 minutes in the evening. RFA, ranked second to the BBC in popularity, broadcasts for two hours daily.

 

The BBC wins wide praise in Burma for the consistently high quality of its news and news analysis programs and its features. Its weekly round-table discussions are lively, controversial and prompt interesting debate, while its current affairs program “Burma Perspectives” concentrates with unfailing accuracy on the political scene.

 

There’s still room in the Burmese service schedule for light entertainment, which also commands a big audience.

 

The popularity of the BBC Burmese service received a big boost when the experienced radio journalist Tin Htar Swe was hired some years ago. She now heads it.



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