About Karen News

Karen News journalists facing new challenges

Karen News journalists facing new challenges

KAREN NEWS is reported and written by Karen journalists to provide information on issues that shape Karen communities in Burma and around the world. Karen News is an independent news source for Karen people, regardless of who holds power.

KAREN NEWS provides a window to Burma and the international community on what is happening in Karen state. Our journalists live and work in Karen communities, know the issues that affect Karen people and aim to bring those issues to the attention of people across Burma, in the diaspora, and to all readers interested in the struggles and triumphs of the Karen people.

Karen State has remained a conflict zone for 66 years, during which the Burma Army has waged war against the Karen people. Since 1996 more than 3,600 villages have been abandoned or destroyed, and as many as 500,000 people were displaced as a direct result of armed conflict.

In 2015 the people of Burma voted the National League for Democracy into government. However, the military kept power by having control over key ministries and automatically having 25% parliamentary seats granted by the constitution.

Until recently, for KAREN NEWS journalists, everyday stories covered a range of crimes against humanity – extrajudicial killings, sexual violence, forced labor, child soldiers, forced displacement, human trafficking. Among this carnage, our journalists, reported stories of hope, love and dignity.

Since a ceasefire in 2012 Karen people have experienced less travel restrictions. But the ceasefire has brought new issues – development, land rights, elections, citizen rights and the environment – that demand Karen News attention.

Karen News in partnership also offer a weekly television program, a 20 minutes radio, a hard copy Karen language newspaper, K’nyawTakasaw, a Burmese language version Kayin Thadin Sin (a Burmese language version is also available on CD) and website. The link to the Burmese language website is available at: www.kicnews.org.

 

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