Friday, October 26, 2007

Online gateway to Burma

For the past month the media has been plastered with images of thousands of Buddhist monks marching the streets of Rangoon, as they try to bring world attention to the rule of an oppressive militant government.

There have been rallies world wide and huge media coverage to try and gain international momentum for the situation.

However it's not the first time Burmese civilians have taken action agains tehir government. Last decade rallies of a similar scale were happening in Burma but they were shut down much more quickly.

Homepage producer Aimee McIntosh spoke with Cheri Mangrai, a Burmese language journalist for SBS and radio free Asia and co-founder of Burma Gateway, a website that aims to bring information about Burma to Australians.

Aimee asked Cheri what had changed to give the Burma movement a stonger impact this time. Cherie says Burma becoming more connected to the world has opened up channels for information to be exchanged.

"For a long time the military regime has been very successful in having a media black-out in Burma. However, recently the Generals have become more confidnt so they have become a bit more sophisticated. They have gone cyber to catch u8p thwith the world in the name of development. Of course this has got its drawbacks for the governemtn; it simply means that the people have a means of sending our graphic images, news and events almost instataneiously."

Cherie says it's important that information about the Burmese situation is accessed by outside

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