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.

8888 Uprising, Yangon, 1988. Photo: Lukas Birk-Myanmar Photo Archive.

“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.

Thingyan Water Festival, Yangon 2015. Photo: Lauren Decicca.

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.

Sunrise on MraukU. Photo: Stephane Ferrer Yulianti.

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.

Yangon by night -Yangon Division Court, 2019. Photo: Sebastian Higginson.

“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.

Sightseeing, Bagan, 2017, Photo: Jenny Matthews.

“Print for Crisis” prints cost £90 will be on sale on their website from April 12 to May 12.

Rakhine state, August 4, 2016. Photo: Kaung Htet.
Salween River Bank, Karen State -Kawthoolei, 2021. Photo: Jittrapon Kaicome.
Phan Weing, Shan State, 2013. Photo: John Vink.
Workers washing themselves in a small public pool surrended by rice fields. Lake Inle, Myanmar, April 2012. Photo: Jeremy Suyker/ITEM.
Myanmar Opium Eradication, Kachin State, 2016. Photo: HL.
A Moment of Thought. A group of children monks sit quietly in their classroom in Bagan, Myanmar on October 11, 2016. Photo: Caroline Gutman.
U Been Bridge, Mandalay, Myanmar. Photo: Andri Tambunan.
Thingyan, Yangon, 2012. Photo: Cedric Arnold.
From Battlefield to Refuge, Day Bu Noh village, 2019. Photo: Matias Bercovich.
Buddhist monks driving to collect alms at dawn, Mandalay, 2012. Photo: Gary Knight.
Untitled, Inle Lake, 2015, A storm approaches Inle Lake. Photo: Annie Grossinger.

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