Fill the gap
Since the dictatorial regime of Myanmar, formerly Burma, was overthrown in 2012, the country is undergoing a huge political transition. In 2015 fair and free elections gave power to the Democratic Party, but existing power structures do not change overnight. The new government needs international support, but the media seem to neglect the country. Aude Prevost thought of a way to get the news flow going again – through the growing number of visitors. With a special app for travel writing, tourists become grassroots reporters, sharing information as they travel. On ‘Fill the Gap’ they can post information in three different categories: human rights, freedom of speech and politics. “Travel writing is an interesting genre, because it combines emotions and factual information,” says Prevost, who sees the exotic content and personal perspective of the narrator as welcome extras. Her project offers a creative approach to support Myanmar’s pursuit of a true democratic society.
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