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BURMESE BROADCASTER WINS NORWEGIAN PEN FREE EXPRESSION PRIZE

A non-profit Burmese media organisation based in Oslo, Norway is this year's winner of Norwegian PEN's Ossietzky Prize, awarded for outstanding achievement within the field of freedom of expression.

The Democratic Voice of Burma is run by a small team of Burmese expatriates who aim to provide accurate, unbiased and uncensored news straight into Burma through shortwave radio, satellite TV and most recently the Internet. During the pro-democracy protests in September, the "country's hour of destiny", the team of 12 worked around the clock, posting the latest news and images for the world to see.

"From its modest beginnings in 1992, the radio station Democratic Voice of Burma has continuously defied the generals," says Norwegian PEN. "Just as Norwegians gathered in suspense around their radios to listen to 'The Voice from London' during World War II, the Burmese also have their voice of resistance: The Voice from Oslo."

The prize was awarded at a ceremony at the Nobel Peace Center on 15 November, to coincide with PEN's International Day of the Imprisoned Writer.

For more information on the Ossietzky Prize, contact Norwegian PEN at: pen@norkspen.no

Check out the Democratic Voice of Burma's website here: http://www.dvb.no

(20 November 2007)

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