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[liberationtech] Satellite phones for Rohingya in Burma
ttscanada at riseup.net
Mon Mar 18 15:32:09 PDT 2013
Thank you, would love to talk off list.
All the best,
@GeorgieBC on Twitter
On 13-03-18 1:19 PM, Brian Conley wrote:
> Hi Heather,
> First of all, I can't echo Jacob's concerns enough. You can find a
> concise overview of the risks of using satellite phones in a guide I
> authored last year:
> http://smallworldnews.tv/guide/ (specifically:
> If you're still considering using a satellite phone, I would suggest
> that, with a clearly defined strategy, strong plan for success, and
> acceptance of the risks, there isn't likely to be a more effective
> tool for getting verbal or shortform text updates out.
> However this means you need not only people inside willing to take the
> risks to call out with updates and news, you also need a guarantee
> from journalists and news agencies outside that they WILL RUN the
> reports. Without guarantees that the news will be used/distributed
> broadly, its certainly not worth the risk.
> It's true that small cameras taking pictures on microSD cards which
> are then transported out by hand is SAFER, it may not be more
> effective. Again, without a complete chain of impact from creation to
> distribution of the media, nothing will be effective. If your
> colleagues will be producing video or photo content, I'd be happy to
> provide some advice/resources to improve their work.
> I'm happy to speak more, and may be able to put you in touch with some
> journalists who would be interested in traveling over, and/or using
> the reports your colleagues might produce.
> On Sun, Mar 17, 2013 at 12:17 PM, ttscanada <ttscanada at riseup.net
> <mailto:ttscanada at riseup.net>> wrote:
> Hi all,
> For those that aren't aware, 800,000 Rohingya people in Burma are
> being cut off from communication as the military and government
> try to drive them out of the country. Over 100,000 are being
> starved to death in concentration camps, the rest are driven into
> boats which neighbouring countries are refusing to allow to land.
> There have been two large scale massacres as well, one in June,
> one in October. Our contacts have been saying for weeks there is
> another massacre planned for the end of March, but even if there
> weren't, they are living in houses made of straw and plastic bags
> with no food or medical aid and the rains are coming. This is a
> full scale genocide supported by the current Burma/Myanmar
> government. Media and aid groups are blocked and the people are
> jailed just for having a TV, they have no phones.
> More information, check out over 100 pages of links here
> http://topsy.com/s/georgiebc+Rohingya?window=a the #Rohingya tag
> on Twitter or google.
> We have a way to hopefully get some journalists in to document war
> crimes. We need satellite phones for the Rohingya people as well,
> as many as possible, donated would be great. If anyone has any
> ideas for a good phone source it would be appreciated.
> All the best,
> Heather Marsh
> @GeorgieBC on Twitter
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