Mobiles and blogs help fight for freedom in Burma


Mobiles and blogs help fight for freedom in Burma

Karl Flinders

Mobile phones and blogs are playing a key role in bringing the plight of the people of Burma to the attention of the wider world as events within the secretive military dictatorship are revealed via technology.

The South-east Asian country, which has been ruled by a military junta since a military coup in 1962 that toppled the civilian government, is currently experiencing protests and violence as people seek human rights and democracy.

Messages placed on blogs and pictures taken on mobile telephones have evaded censorship and been published by the media. This has opened up the suffering of the people to a wide audience putting pressure on the military leaders.

Pro-democracy activist and leader of the National League for Democracy Nobel peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi is currently under house arrest in Burma.

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