New Italian Website Launched to Promote Burma Issues
30 June 2011: In an effort to raise awareness about the situation in the military-ruled Burma, a new Italian-language website ‘Azione Birmania‘ created in collaboration with Burma Campaign UK has been made available online since yesterday.
The website, ‘Action Burma’ in English, aims to add a strong voice and support in the cause of bringing democracy in Burma, with its Internet information and resources.
Ms Carlotta Comparetti, who is in charge of the website, told Chinland Guardian: “This is not just to inform but to get Italian people more involved in the work and struggle that the international organisations have been taking for change in Burma.”
“The hope is that Action Burma will grow bigger by the participation in order to see Italy taking action and making the difference for the people of Burma,” added the Italian journalist, who went to the Thai-Burma border in late 2009 in association with the Human Rights Education Institute of Burma (HRIEB).
Carlotta’s interest in Burma first began after reading about Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s struggle for democracy and freedom in the country while she was doing her MA in Asian Studies at the University of Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy.
Compared to other European countries, Italy is often seen as being very soft in its support for the Burma issues.
When asked about her anticipation, Carlotta said: “It is going to be probably a daunting challenge to run a proper campaign in my country but with the support of the Italian public, it could happen to drive Italy playing a more significant role into the international community.”
Working closely with Burma Campaign UK since 2009, Carlotta Comparetti, who holds another MA in International Journalism from City University in London, has contributed articles on Burma and mobile technology in journalism.
Van Biak Thang