Myanmar Protests Reported by Citizen Journalists, And Possibly Government Journalists As Well

from the information-is-power dept

As Myanmar struggles towards democracy after 40 years under military junta, the Internet is playing a crucial role in the fight. News of Monday's protest was reported within a few hours of it starting, due largely in part to thousands of citizen journalists who sent their stories, photos and videos to global news sites. This is in stark contrast to the days that it took for news to break about the 1988 8888 uprising, where 3,000 civilians were killed. Now, armed with cameraphones and email, coverage of the events in Myanmar are posted immediately to blogs and news sites, forcing the junta to play out this weeks events under the scrutiny of global eyes. Well, perhaps the government has started to take notice -- false reports are being sent out as well, presumably by Burmese authorities looking to undermine those reporting the news or to spread government propaganda. However, regardless of how the medium is used, the most important thing is that the Internet has made it easier for information to be free, which presumably will make it more difficult for totalitarian regimes to hang on to the reins of control.
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  1. identicon
    dorpus, 27 Sep 2007 @ 9:59am

    Re: Re: Will freedom do them any good?

    Ethnic minorities are unlikely to fare any better under a new government. The Buddhists hate the Muslims, who make up as much as 20% of the population. Other minorities are backward groups from the jungles who cannot read, count money, or understand basic hygiene. The monks have no sympathy for these groups, while Suu Kyi will just give some lip service about foreign aid to "help" them.

    In all likelihood, Myanmar will become another Iraq, Afghanistan, or Somalia. Rich Saudis who can no longer openly fund terrorists in Iraq/Afghanistan/Phillippines will divert their resources to Burmese insurgents instead, under the guise of "opposition groups". Western nations will stop caring about Myanmar when the junta is out of power. How many Westerners care about the plight of Southeast Asians in "democracies" such as Cambodia or the Phillippines? No, Myanmar will look to China and India for help. At best, the monks will turn Burma into an Iran-style Buddhist theocracy, where people have no rights anyway.

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