current news via Wikipedia:
- Demonstration (video) Mizzima News
- Protests, September 26 (video) Mizzima News
- Monks demonstrating on September 24 (video) at YouTube
- Monks leading a demonstaration of 100,000 on September 24 (video) at YouTube
- Monks defy warnings to protest on September 25 (video) at YouTube
- Police Clash with Protesters on September 26 (video) at YouTube
- Shots fired as protests continue on September 27 (video) at YouTube
- Soldiers shoot into crowds on September 27 (video) at YouTube
- Protesters clash with Troops on September 28 (video) at YouTube
- Video shows Japanese journalist 'being shot deliberately' September 27 (video) at YouTube
via NYTimes, The Lede:
Burmese Government Clamps Down on Internet
September 28, 2007, 9:19 am
Burmese bloggers are now reporting that they are running into significant hurdles to getting the word out on the government’s crackdown.
"Burma is blacked out now!," one blogger announced from Yangon, the country’s main city. More details from the post:
Internet cafes were closed down. Both MPT ISP and Myanmar Teleport ISP cut down internet access in Yangon and Mandalay since this morning. The Junta try to prevent more videos, photographs and information about their violent crackdown getting out. I got a news from my friends that last night some militray guys searched office computers from Traders and Sakura Tower building. Most of the downtown movement photos were took from office rooms of those high buildings. GSM phone lines and some land lines were also cut out and very diffficult to contact even in local. GSM short message sending service is not working also.
As protests built to more than 100,000, the government apparently allowed internal reports until three days into the crackdown, raising fears that it planned to intensify measures that left 9 dead on Thursday.
It also had immediate effects on the information flow out of the country. “Exile groups and human rights organizations who are in touch with people inside Myanmar said they had less news today than before about clashes,” Seth Mydans of The New York Times reported from Bangkok.
A blogger we wrote about on Thursday, Ko Htike, is also having major problems because of the internet cuts, losing the ability to put out a major part of his reporting so far.
He said he's not "able to feed in pictures of the brutality by the brutal Burmese military junta," but he still hoped to find "other means." He also seemed sick of all the attention he's been receiving lately from The Lede and other news outlets:
(Journos!! please don’t ask me what other means would be??). I will continue to live with the motto that "if there is a will there is a way".
Michelle Malkin brings more bad news for Burmese bloggers:
Several popular dissident blogs had already gone dark the past few days before the “damaged underwater cable” shut down Internet accesss.
The fate of one prolific Burmese blogger, Moezack, is unknown. The entire blog has been wiped.
The government’s explanation, according to an official interviewed by Agence France-Presse, blames an extraordinarily timed bout with technical difficulties. "The Internet is not working because the underwater cable is damaged," the official said.
Still, several sources from inside Burma continued to provide frequent updates; you can find them on several sites we mentioned on Thursday and Cbox, which is aggregating developments in matter-of-fact bulletins that paint vivid, scary pictures.
"The Police Station at South-Okkalarpa is being burnt down," one entry says.
More Web sites are referred by an anonymous Burmese blogger writing to Global Voices today. The post carries more fears of the price the bloggers may pay for trying to document the uprising:
Information flow out of the country has been strictly monitored and even the amateur photographers are warned to be very careful as the Junta is hunting down the sources.
Update, 12:38 p.m. Eastern The rulers of Burma are learning once again how hard it is to keep secrets. A video showing the shooting of Kenji Nagai, the Japanese photographer who died yesterday in Yangon, was broadcast on Japanese television and posted to YouTube. The Times of London describes the implications:
The footage, say Japanese experts, squarely contradicts the official Burmese explanation of Nagai’s death – that he was killed by a "stray bullet".
In the few seconds before he was killed, Nagai appeared to being filming the Burmese military as it faced down the crowd. One of the soldiers seems to spot him doing so, and launches his deadly response.
Masahiko Komura, Japan’s Foreign Minister, said that the footage appeared to show that Nagai was slain deliberately by Burmese troops as they charged on a crowd of civilians. The government has dispatched the deputy foreign minister to Burma to establish the truth behind Nagai’s death.
The video, which repeats the potentially disturbing shooting during the course of a news segment, is available here.