VOA: "What's your name."These are my reflections on the experience:
Jotman: "I can't tell you, I'm anonymous."
VOA: "Then what do I call you?"
Jotman: "Call me Jotman."
VOA: "Where are you from?"
Jotman: "Sorry, I can't say."
VOA: "Are you Thai?"
Jotman: "Sorry, I can't answer that question."
- I think my VOA interviewer had not interviewed so many anonymous bloggers before. And I certainly felt like a novice at giving interviews anonymously. So it was a challenge all round.
- It also felt funny to be on the receiving end of interview questions. Lately, I've been the one asking the questions!
- I can't believe I was asked to give an interview at 1:00am! When do VOA's reporters sleep?
- While I was one the phone, it occurs to me that some spy agency of the Burmese junta probably monitors VOA broadcasts quite closely. So I'm thinking I have to watch what I say.
- That's not all. I have come to realize that the audience for VOA's Burmese Service must be enormous. From what Burmese have told me, VOA's Burmese Service is likely the single most popular source of information in Burma. (BBC seems to be their second choice. I get the impression VOA does the most local Burma news programming -- such as the interview I just gave.) So tens of millions of Burmese are about to discover Jotman.
Speaking of VOA, after my visit to Burma in October, I blogged what it feels like to listen to VOA inside Burma (see here).
Update: A transcript of VOA's interview of Jotman is available here (it's in Burmese, via naymyohome).