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August 11th, 2009
Aaron Brown and Neil MacFarquhar discuss Aung San Suu Kyi

Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to an additional 18 months under house arrest today for having violated the terms of the house arrest she has lived under for 14 of the last 20 years. The conviction, which has been widely criticized by human rights groups and international leaders, means that she will still be in detention at the time of parliamentary elections scheduled for next year.

Ahead of the court’s decision, WIDE ANGLE’s Aaron Brown interviewed Neil MacFarquhar, a New York Times reporter who recently visited Burma on assignment, covering U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s trip to the country. Ban was hoping to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi but his request was denied by the military junta.

Next week on WIDE ANGLE, Eyes of the Storm, tells the struggles of several orphaned children in Burma left to fend for themselves and rebuild their shattered lives in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis. Through the eyes of the Burmese filmmaking team who shot undercover for over 10 months in defiance of the ruling junta’s media blackout, WIDE ANGLE provides a rare window into one of the world’s most secretive countries. Click here to watch a preview.

Neil MacFarquhar’s lastest book, The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday, was recently released by Public Affairs.

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