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AP Archive signs exclusive deal with Democratic Voice of Burma for archival video footage in Burma


NEW YORK -- The Associated Press announced today that AP Archive has reached an agreement with Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), an independent, nonprofit Burmese media organization, to license DVB’s video coverage to third parties around the world. With this agreement, AP Archive is the only international news agency with the rights to sell DVB’s archival video footage of Burma from the past five years. This representation agreement is of particular importance because Burma is preparing to hold general elections in November for the first time in 20 years and the footage includes coverage of recent anti-government uprisings.

The content partnership with DVB is the latest in a growing number of significant partnerships with broadcast and media organizations that AP Archive now represents, including ABC News, Chinese Central Television, Vatican Television and WWF, the conservation organization. AP Archive holds a large and growing amount of footage created by DVB and will add to the collection with more footage from DVB’s television archives.

“Since the anti-government protests of 2007, there has been much international attention on this complex nation,” said Alwyn Lindsey, director of international archives for Associated Press. “Democratic Voice of Burma produced strong video coverage of those events, and continues to do so, complementing AP’s own coverage.”

The archival footage includes anti-government protests, widespread damage caused by Cyclone Nargis and its aftermath, and the continued detention of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

“AP Archive is well regarded within the footage industry and we are happy to be partnering with them. This agreement will allow us to concentrate on our core television operations, whilst knowing that our footage is available for producers to access and use,” Aye Chan Naing, chief editor of DVB, said.

About AP Archive
AP Archive is the video footage collection of The Associated Press, with material dating back to the beginning of the 20th Century. With an archive of over 700,000 stories, it is rich in its coverage of events, war and conflict, politics, disasters, environment, culture, social history, human interest, science, entertainment and sport. The collection is updated daily with the global news coverage of AP Television News and contains footage from many major content partners including ABC News, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and China State Television.

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About Democratic Voice of Burma
Democratic Voice of Burma is a nonprofit media organization based in Oslo, Norway, run by Burmese journalists from both inside and outside the country. DVB has been broadcasting uncensored daily television news since 2005, providing footage that is not otherwise available to people inside the country as well as international news media organizations.


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