Rory Peck Award Winner imprisoned in Burma

Wednesday, 18 November 2009 Written by Rory Peck Trust

Burmese cameramen, 'T' who won the Rory Peck Award for Features with DVB colleague, 'Z' faces a long prison sentence in Burma.  After four months in jail, 'T" was charged with Filming Without Governmet Permission - brought in under the recently- introduced Electronics Law, which carries a 10-15 year minimum sentence.

T' works for the Oslo-based Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), a non-profit Burmese media organization which is committed to providing accurate and unbiased news to the people of Burma. Their news is gathered by a network of anonymous, undercover reporters and cameramen.

The DVB do not think that 'T's arrest was linked to his Rory Peck Awards entry - "Orphans of the Burmese Cyclone" - which he filmed with fellow DVB cameraman ‘Z’, but as a result of his daily newsgathering.

The Trust is liaising with the DVB to find out how best to support ‘T’ and the 13 other DVB cameramen who have been jailed by the Burmese authorities since the Saffron Revolution in 2007.

Go here to read an article by Peter Popham in The Independent


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