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[liberationtech] Satellite phones for Rohingya in Burma

ttscanada ttscanada at riseup.net
Mon Mar 18 15:32:09 PDT 2013



Thank you, would love to talk off list.


All the best,

Heather Marsh
@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: 
> http://www.smallworldnews.com/Guide/Guide_SatPhone_English.pdf)
>
> 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.
>
> regards
>
> Brian
>
> 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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