10:00pm – Sunday, February 12 on ABC1
Dancing With Dictators is a documentary about the struggle for control of MCM, the only media company in Burma with any foreign investment. Australian Ross Dunkley started and owns 49% of Burma’s leading newspaper The Myanmar Times.
The paper comes out weekly in both Burmese and English and like all media in the country it is heavily censored.
What sort of journalist owns a newspaper in one of the most repressive countries on earth.
Against the background of the country’s first election in 20 years we travel inside this closed and frightened society. The government has forced a 51% partner on Dunkley and after the election their enmity comes to a head. Dunkley is arrested and charged with immigration offences linked to assaulting a woman.
We follow his weekly court appearances. He spends seven weeks in Burma’s notorious Insein prison before being bailed.
Every week his case is adjourned while backroom deals are done. Is Ross Dunkley the last foreign publisher in Burma?