Myanmar radio station goes home after 21 years in Norway

Nov. 22, 2013 at 2:22 PM

OSLO, Norway, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Radio station-in-exile Democratic Voice of Burma has left Norway after 21 years to broadcast from Myanmar with newly granted legal status, it said Friday.

Exiles from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, founded the station in 1992 in Oslo.

The station will begin airing programming from Rangoon, Myanmar, the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten reported, adding most of the station's broadcasting equipment has already been moved to Rangoon.

"I have mixed feelings. We have waited for this for 20 years, but at the same time several employees have settled down in Norway and have family here now," said station chief editor Aye Chan Nang, who thanked Norwegian authorities for allowing the station to broadcast from Norway.

Democratic Voice of Burma achieved fame in 2007, when it obtained video footage of Myanmar's "monk's riot" and the violent government response, and released it to reporters around the world, Aftenposten said.

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