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Kaowao Newsgroup - Who We Are

Kaowao Newsgroup is an independent and non-profit organization registered and incorporated as Kaowao Research and Development Centre under the Society Act in Alberta, Canada.  The Kaowao website and radio offices are located in Sanghklaburi, in Thailand on the Thai-Burma border.  Kaowao regularly liaises with other indigenous organizations, media and interest groups including the Mon Affairs Union (MAU), Mon Culture and Literature Association (MCLA), Burma News International (BNI) and many Mon communities in exile.

Activists and journalists committed to addressing pressing issues of Burma and its indigenous heritage formed the Kaowao Newsgroup in November 2001.  From an internet café in Bangkok, Kaowao initially had a reader base of 200 people and reported news and events regarding Mon armed conflict, ceasefire agreements with the junta and the plight of migrant workers in Maharchai. 

Utilizing staff changes and the availability of the Internet to grow and develop, Kaowao began publishing reports, discussions on human rights, culture and community development.  Kaowao has since evolved to become an online forum for political, social, economic, and cultural freedom.  Kaowao releases different publications in Mon, Burmese, Thai and English with regular updates, e-news and the website www.kaowao.org. 

Kaowao’s electronic news has now released 140 regular issues to over 1,500 subscribers and various news groups, in addition to releasing breaking news and frequent articles as events unfold, plus opinion pieces and a ‘reader’s front’.  Our reporters access information from areas inside Burma and Mon stronghold areas, refugee camps, migrant communities, democratic forces and organizations in Thailand and overseas.

Kaowao’s FM Radio station (Radio Rehmonya) and its network provides an alternative voice and media outlet for local people.  Many people in the Mon-speaking population have been marginalized in mainstream broadcasting radio services in Burma, with a significant lack of access to information about what is happening in their own state, country and the world.

The media inside Burma is heavily controlled by the ruling military junta, with most people only able to access state-run news services.  This is especially true for the seven ethnic minorities who go largely unrecognized inside Burma.  Kaowao produces its own news, news reports, current affairs and features online for people inside Burma and living in exile, as well as the greater community with an interest in Burma and Monland.  We operate independently from any religious or political influences and motivations maintaining our prime aim to bring Freedom of Expression to Burma.

Kaowao’s team of activists and journalists are drawn from the Mon Community in Burma, Thailand and overseas, as well as non-Mon individuals with a keen interest in Burma and the Mon people.  All staff work on a voluntary basis, either for the radio team, the website team or both together under the umbrella of ‘Kaowao Newsgroup"

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