Democratic Voice of Burma

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Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB)
Type Broadcast radio and television
Country Burma
Availability National
International  Burma
Key people
Executive Director/Chief Editor Aye Chan Naing, Deputy Executive Director Khin Maung Win
Launch date
July 1992 (radio)

May 28, 2005 (television)
Official website

The Democratic Voice of Burma (Burmese: ဒီမိုကရေတစ်မြန်မာ့အသံ, abbreviated DVB) is a non-profit media organization based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Run by Burmese expatriates, it makes radio and television broadcasts aimed at providing uncensored news and information about Burma.

In July 1992, DVB began broadcasting programming into Burma from studios in Oslo, Norway and transmitting via shortwave radio from the Norwegian transmitter at Kvitsoy. Now the broadcast is sent via satellite.

On May 28, 2005, DVB expanded its programming and began satellite television broadcasts into the country. The organization stated that it hoped to reach some ten million Burmese through this new effort (which it claims is the first free and independent Burmese language television channel), which was funded in part by non-governmental organizations such as Free Voice of the Netherlands, the National Endowment for Democracy, and the Freedom of Expression Foundation.[1]

In 2012, DVB started multimedia operations inside Myanmar openly, running a branch office with its former underground VJs.


DVB states that it has four primary goals:

  • the provision of "accurate and unbiased news to the people of Burma"
  • to "promote understanding and cooperation" among Burma's religious and ethnic populations
  • to "encourage and sustain independent public opinion" and to provide for "social and political debate"
  • to "impart the ideals of democracy and human rights" to the Burmese people

Shortwave broadcast schedule[edit]

As of 28 October 2012, the organization delivers programming daily via shortwave radio from:
0600-0700 local time (2330-0030 UTC) on 7510 kHz (41 metre band) and 11595 kHz (25m)
2100-2200 local time (1430-1530 UTC) on 11560 kHz (25m)[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "DVB". Retrieved 2012-11-04. 
  2. ^ "High Frequency Co-ordination Conference B12 schedule". 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2012-11-04. 

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