Reporting From Burma: A Thriller
Posted on May 14, 2008
BBC reporter Paul Danahar had to go to great lengths in order to report from Burma. A secret identity was just one method for avoiding the military intelligence agents who scoured the country looking for the journalist who dared to report on the devastation of Cyclone Nargis, which struck May 3.
I woke up early, flushed my contacts and fake business cards down the toilet, sat on my bed and waited for the Special Branch.
They and the Burmese military intelligence had been after me for almost a week. I had become, briefly, the most wanted man in Burma.
My photo had apparently been circulated to every military checkpoint. My name was being scoured for among all the records of foreigners travelling around the country.
My crime, as they saw it, was to report on the cyclone that devastated the Irrawaddy Delta claiming thousands of lives.