“We were all Slaves”

Friday, November 4, 2016

An investigative report by Burmese journalist Swe Win has revealed that abuses and exploitation are rife in Myanmar’s prison labor camps. Interviews with ex-prisoners and former prison officials document that convicts are forced to pay bribes or perform backbreaking manual labor, sometimes resulting in death. 

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“We were all Slaves”

Friday, November 4, 2016

(This story was originally posted on Medium.)

An investigative report by Burmese journalist Swe Win has revealed that abuses and exploitation are rife in Myanmar’s prison labor camps. Interviews with ex-prisoners and former prison officials document that convicts are forced to pay bribes or perform backbreaking manual labor, sometimes resulting in death.

Combatting Online Hate Speech in Myanmar

Monday, October 24, 2016

Journalism trainers, Hsu Hsu and Hein, went to Kone Thar in Myanmar to lead a “Safe Online Space” training organized by Myanmar ICT for Development Organization. When they spoke about how social media can either be used to mobilize communities for peace, or to stir up conflicts through dangerous speech and spreading online rumors, it triggered an open conversation. 

Combatting Online Hate Speech in Myanmar

Monday, October 24, 2016

(This story was originally posted on Medium.)

They noticed the signboard as soon as they arrived at the village of Kone Thar. The message seemed clear enough: “No Muslims allowed in this village!”

The Potential and Reality of Data Journalism in Developing Media Markets

Data has the potential to help communities understand their biggest challenges – why people become sick or well, why development initiatives succeed or fail, how government actions align with citizens’ priorities. However, most people do not have the skills or inclination to engage with data directly. That’s where data journalists and the open data community come in.

This report explains the role of data journalists and open data, and lays out the key considerations that can help predict the success or failure of new data journalism initiatives.

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2016-10-11 00:00:00

Farmers Find Happy Listening in the Golden Land

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

A young farmer – in flip flops, short sleeves, with his face uncovered – is spraying his crops with insecticide. Suddenly, in the next field over, he sees another farmer covered from head-to-toe in protective gear, and realizes that he is exposing himself to dangerous chemicals. Inspired, he dons close-toed shoes, long sleeves, gloves, and a facemask: lesson learned. 

Data Journalism Should Thrive on Cross-Border Collaborations—Why Doesn’t It?

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Friday, February 19, 2016

(Eva Constantaras, Internews Data Journalism Advisor, wrote this article for Source.)

I was sitting in a Yangon tech hub on the first day of a two-week election data war room, with a bunch of Myanmar journalists still riding the high of the recent election. Aung San Suu Kyi was going to lead the country at last. Yangon was crawling with foreign correspondents—and there were more than 300 brand new media outlets in Myanmar, none of which were on very firm financial footing.

Seng Mai, Myanmar: Local Journalism Against All Odds

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

(This story was originally posted on Medium.)

Seng Mai is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Myitkyina Journal, the only independent paper in Kachin State. She is the only women editor-in-chief in Myanmar.

For the World’s Daughters To See

Friday, January 15, 2016

Chime for Change, a global platform for supporting women’s voices, invited us to contribute two videos about remarkable women we work with who are courageously working in media in very difficult situations – Myanmar, South Sudan and Ukraine.

When the world consumes media – online or traditional – only 10% of all stories they see, hear or read feature women.

We believe that women's inclusion and participation in media and information is critical to helping our daughters see the range of their possibilities in life.