Posted by somtam2000 on 4/9/2018 at 20:47 admin
From this week’s newsletter:
Well, it has been a thoroughly depressing week on the news front in Southeast Asia, but I want to zoom in on the sentencing of the two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo to seven years in prison for this story. The trial has been widely reported as a farce and while people hoped the journalists would be freed, Burma has yet again opted to do the wrong thing.
When Burma experienced its democratic gains five years ago there was considerable optimism about where the country would head, but those hopes were buried in the ashes of the genocide in the west of the country.
At that time, Travelfish suspended our research to the country, as we felt that the popular support in much of the country for what was happening in Rakhine made travel there, for us, unconscionable. That the government has now elected to imprison those responsible for raising international awareness of what was actually happening has sadly only reinforced our belief that our decision was the best approach.
While we have suspended our research to the country, we won’t be removing our Burma coverage. We recognise that decisions like this are a personal one. While the information will age with time, we still believe it will be useful for general trip planning. Should the situation change in Burma, we will look to update it again.
In the meantime, from this day on, we will donate 100% of the revenue we make from any hotel bookings in Burma to a fund in support of the families of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.
We are in the process of figuring out how best to manage this through liaising with friends who know Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo personally. We’ll write more about it once we know more, so that you too, should you wish, can make a financial donation to people who have been so badly done by.
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Posted by somtam2000 on 6/9/2018 at 08:44 admin
So just a very brief update. We have now arranged a way to get the money direct to the families, so we’ll be making a payment once a month, at the end of each month, with the first transfer being at the end of September.
The only leakage will be the bank fees for the wire and conversion, which we'll wear. This strikes us as a pretty solid result.
A big thank you to those who are helping us out on this at the Burma end of the equation :)
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Posted by exacto on 11/12/2018 at 18:53
Well said, Stuart.
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Posted by Waldo4200 on 23/2/2019 at 14:45
I disagree about suspending your coverage of Myanmar. I do not think that you are hurting the generals but you are hurting the people who depend in tourists, and you are hurting your suscribers. Yes, I understand conscence but in the end, I think you made yourself feel while doing little else.
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