Despite the Burmese junta’s efforts to return the country to normal after its crackdown on anti-government protests last week, it has not relaxed its decision to close the country to the media. The government is denying entry visas to journalists and arresting or deporting those already inside Burma. I was deported Saturday, four days after entering the country and after filing my first report.
The security agent who informed me of my expulsion from the former Burma said the reason was contact with members of the NLD, the opposition party headed by Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under arrest for much of the last 17 years. This statement, combined with his ease in locating me, indicates that the government had kept track of my movements.
The government’s efforts to stop any information from leaving the country have frustrated even veteran reporters on the region. A Japanese photographer was killed by Burmese soldiers while covering a demonstration on September 27, and an unknown number of journalists were wounded during the crackdown.