Eighty photographers from across the world have donated images of Myanmar to raise funds to support press freedom amid the ongoing human rights crisis in the country. The “Print for Crisis” initiative will raise funds to support two independent news outlets Myanmar Now and Frontier Myanmar and establish a fund for local artists.
“The situation in Myanmar is deeply concerning and the little news that is coming out of the country is heartbreaking,” photographer Jo Farrell told HKFP.
All net profits will go towards the purchase of safety equipment, digital security materials, first aid kits as well as financial aid to support wages and potential legal costs, she added.
A military coup in Myanmar overturned the country’s democratically-elected leaders in February. At least 700 civilians, including children, have since been killed by soldiers dispersing peaceful demonstrations, according to rights groups. The country’s deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been detained and given multiple criminal charges, including allegations of “violating state secrets” and corruption.
“We want each image to travel around the world and remind us of the beauty, connection, and independence of the people of Myanmar, while giving our colleagues concrete help by allowing media and artists to survive and journalists to work for their people and for a just future” said co-founder Olga Stefatou.
“Print for Crisis” prints cost £90 will be on sale on their website from April 12 to May 12.
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