Film-maker explains censorship in Burma
Despite the junta’s tight media restrictions, two Australian film-makers, Hugh Piper and Helen Barrow, managed to spend a full month working inside the country.
They were deported late last week after following the activities of foreign-owned newspaper, The Myanmar Times, which tried to cover the election campaign.
MARK COLVIN: So you say that some of the young journalists that you were filming didn’t approve of Aung San Suu Kyi’s call to boycott the election altogether? How did they react when they realised that the election had been rigged?
HUGH PIPER: Well they felt that this was the first opportunity in 20 years to vote. Many, many, many Burmese people wanted to vote. They felt like it was important that they were given an opportunity to vote for a democratic reform party and that’s why they didn’t agree with Aung San Suu Kyi’s boycott.