Friday, September 28, 2007

Myanmar provides another platform for citizen journalism


Today, Friday September 28, 2007, Geoffrey A. Fowler has a "Wall Street Journal" article on p 1, "'Citizen Journalists' Evade Blackout On Myanmar News". "Professional" journalists with regular press credentials have been forced to leave and faced very serious risks to life if they try to report on the military government of Myanmar (Burma). But citizen journalists have been active, using cell phones and rare connections. The government has tried to cut off all Internet and other communication. Other media sources today reported an entrepreneur in Britain processing stories from Myanmar and getting them up on the web.

An important film was Beyond Rangoon (1995), directed by John Boorman, from Columbia Pictures.

Update: Oct. 4, 2007. The New York Times has a front page story by Seth Mydans, "Monks Are Silenced, and for Now, the Web Is, Too," here. The story mentions crackdowns in Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. A related link is the Open Net Initiative.

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