O jornalismo independente em Burma
Journalists under threat
At this year’s Amnesty Media Awards we took the unprecedented step of dedicating the Special Award for Journalism Under Threat not to an individual, but to all of the independent journalists in Burma. The award recognises the courage of these journalists, who work every day to highlight human rights abuses around the country, putting themselves and their families in danger.
In 2008, three leading youth group members, Khun Bedu, Khun Kawrio and Khun Dee De, were arrested for organising a protest at which local dissidents released balloons, launched paper boats and spray-painted walls with their peaceful political messages.
For these simple acts of defiance they were sentenced to between 35 and 37 years in prison. The campaign was against a proposed new constitution which, among other things, outlaws freedom of speech and all but guarantees the continuation of the Junta military leadership regardless of the outcome of the 2010 election.