Thursday, October 4, 2007
Turmoil in Myanmar
Blogs have become a very important part of our media. Every day, more people are starting up blogs, whether to make a point or state their opinion on an issue. Ko Htike, a man from London has a blog that he has been paying a lot of attention to recently. His blog is focused on bringing the latest news to the world from the daily violence in Myanmar. Htike lived in Myanmar until seven years ago when he moved to London to study. Every day he gets up at 3 a.m. to update himself on what has happened. He blogs daily to let others keep up to date as well. Right now he is averaging 20,000 visitors on his site everyday. Citizens of Myanmar send Htike photos and video footage of the daily violence that is ravaging their streets. The citizens take the photos out of their windows at their homes for fear of being caught. Being caught recording these events could lead to death. Htike realizes the danger these people face, but he appreciates it. He feels it is very important that the world knows what is happening. Blogging is a great way to show others how you are feeling or what your thought is on a particular issue, but only if it does not endanger others. Journalists have a responsibility to bring accurate news to citizens, but only if that news does not put others lives in danger.