The Journalists

BURMA ISSUES | Left to right: Saw Mort, Saw Nico, Naw Chamu, Saw Kwehsay


One year after the bloody 1988 crackdown in Burma, student activists and human rights workers joined together to begin documenting conditions along the Thai-Burma border. What began as a data base gradually evolved into the newsletter Burma Issues. In 1990 the Burma Issues team pioneered the use of newly-invented handheld video cameras to document human rights abuses. Their first film, Burma Deception, set the pattern for others to follow around the world. Today Burma Issues works under the umbrella of the Peaceway Foundation, and has expanded its news reporting activities to include educational publishing and community development support for people displaced by the conflict in Burma.  Burma Issues Web Site.

KWE KA LU NEWS | Saw Ehna

Saw EhnaKwe Ka Lu News is the first-ever Karen language newspaper with news and information about the situation in Burma. Its print version intended not for an international audience, but rather for people living along the border and in ethnic areas oppressed by the Burma Army. Its web version is popular among displaced Karen people throughout the world. Supported by the Peaceway Foundation, Kwe Ka Lu provides not only valuable information, but also uplifting cultural content in the form of poetry, art and stories. Kwe Ka Lu Website.

IMAGES ASIA | Ko Tai

Images Asia was founded in 1993 by Sam Sittipong Kalayanee, a photojournalist and former Thai student activist who supported the struggle for democracy in Burma. In addition to photography, Images Asia added video productions and radio broadcasting to its work. Notable productions include ‘Invisible Soldiers’ (2009), about child soldiers, and ‘Burma’s Hidden Killers’ (2009), about landmines.

THE IRRAWADDY | Aung Zaw

The Irrawaddy Publishing Group (IPG) was founded in 1993 by a group of Burmese journalists living in exile in Thailand. The Irrawaddy has since become a leading source of reliable news, information, and analysis on Burma and the Southeast Asian region, in print and on the web. From its inception, Irrawaddy has been an independent news media group, unaffiliated with any political party, organization or government.  The Irrawaddy Web Site.

MIZZIMA NEWS AGENCY | Sein Win, Ko Sai, Emily, Zarni

Mizzima News Agency was born when three refugees hooked a laptop to a public telephone in India. Today Mizzima has offices in India and Thailand, and a coordinated network of stringers working inside Burma. It has become one of the foremost sources of news to and from Burma. Mizzima Web Site.

SOUTHEAST ASIAN PRESS ALLIANCE | Roby Alampay

The Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation campaigning for genuine press freedom in Southeast Asia. Established in Bangkok in November 1998, it aims to unite independent journalists’ and press-related organizations in the region into a force for advocacy and mutual protection. SEAPA Web Site.