Spry Memorial Lecture 2009

The Graham Spry fund for Public Broadcasting and the Communication department at the Université de Montréal invite you to the annual commemorative Spry conference, which will take place on the 19th of November 2009. This conference will start with a screening of the film, Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country (English version with English subtitles). Winner of several prizes, Burma VJ is a documentary that traces the events of the 2007 Saffron Revolution in Burma based on the accounts of citizens who risk their lives every day to film and to share their images with other Burmese citizens and with the rest of the world. Through the work of these citizen journalists, the world has been able to witness the harrowing circumstances with which the Burmese population has to cope.

Khin Maung Win

After having participated in the student demonstrations for democracy in Burma in 1988, Khin Maung Win had to flee his native country. In Thailand, he joined the group “All Burma Students’ Democratic Front” as director of the Department of Information. He became one of the founding members of Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), a media organization that seeks to provide accurate and unbiased news to the people of Burma. Democratic Voice of Burma was founded in Oslo in 1992. You can read an article by Khin Maung Win in The Guardian.

Mika Lévesque

Mika Lévesque is the regional agent for Asia at Rights & Democracy Montréal, an organization that aims to encourage and promote democracy across the world. After receiving a MA in Law and Diplomacy, she pursued doctoral studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston. Mika has lived for several years in Mexico, the Middle East, and Asia, of which five years in Indochinese refugee camps in Thailand.