Censorship boundaries in Burma unclear and unpredictable
As authorities in Burma are loosening censorship controls over media and the arts, musicians in Rangoon are excited by their newfound freedom. But they remain unsure of the new limits, reported Voice of America on 12 January 2012.
“They have reduced the rules a bit, but there are some lame rules about censorship still,” musician Darko C of the local punk band Side Effect told Danielle Bernstein in Rangoon who produced this video interview above.
Darko C explained to Voice of America’s reporter that the censorship process can be unpredictable:
“To be honest I think it depends on their moods. They have their personalities, right? Different people doing this job so it depends on the person who is censoring your lyrics. We pray, pray to the Buddha, oh please don’t let them ruin my lyrics.”
On his last album, censors cut an entire song that referred obliquely to prostitution.
“We’re not sure if we are really free really. I mean freedom to express. We’re still not sure. Yea, we are kind of happy though. I don’t know. It’s really weird, this weird season. So yeah, let’s see,” said Darko.