Are you as frustrated as we are that mainstream media in the US continues to ignore the growing conflict and human rights abuses in Burma? Did you know Burma’s generals have been attacking communities in Northern Shan State, breaking a longstanding ceasefire and displacing 30,000 Shan civilians? Probably not by following mainstream media.
The Burmese military regime has committed heinous crimes against the people of Burma, especially in the ethnic minority areas for decades, but very little media attention is given to this situation. Now more than ever, Burma needs media attention in order to expose the truth about human rights abuses and mass atrocities happening everyday in Burma.
The good news is that you can make them wake up by using social media. We need to create a barrage of Tweets and Facebook posts so that media networks start to realize that Burma is important!
Here is what you can do:
For Twitter, tweet a message aimed at a news outlet. For more media outlets click here.
Login to your Twitter account. Send a public tweet mentioning a news outlet or journalist and what they should know about Burma. Do this by using the @ then their Twitter name. See a list of news Twitter handles here.
Here’s an example:
Soldiers of #Burma are ordered to use #rape as a weapon against #women. Why aren’t you reporting this? @CBSNews
For Facebook, post to the walls of media outlets’ Facebook pages. Check out our website for a list of Facebook pages you can post on. Don’t forget you have to like their page first in order to post.
Here’s an example:
Hey @ABC News, why haven’t I heard any reports on the humanitarian crisis in Burma? There are over 70,000 new Internally Displaced Persons in Burma and there were already half a million!
Check out our website for Twitter handles and links to media Facebook pages. We also have more sample tweets and posts.