PEN Myanmar’s longstanding advocacy for freedom of expression in Myanmar led to a creative collaboration as part of the ‘Reducing inequalities in public engagement’ project. The team investigated people’s attitudes towards freedom of expression via in-depth interviews across Yangon, and from these they compiled a 15-minute ‘voxpop’ film. As well as representing a sample of public opinions and attitudes, the film includes an educational message from PEN Myanmar’s President. It has been shared across the organisation’s social media platforms, and PEN Myanmar reported increased awareness about the importance of freedom of expression for Myanmar’s peace and democracy. The video has also been pressed into DVDs and distributed around the country for use in regional and local advocacy and campaigning, and a shorter version was produced for periodic social media dissemination.

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