In the lead up to Burma's first elections in 20 years, not everyone has access to critical independent information that will inform them of their rights. In response, Amnesty International has launched an online campaign called "Break the silence" to get 4,000 radios, 60 walkie-talkie kits and 6 satellite kits into Burma by mid-July. Each radio costs US $18.50, and that includes batteries and the cost of getting it into the country. These radios can play a powerful role in empowering Burmese citizens, and connect them to the international solidarity that Burma's junta tries to silence.
"By heavily censoring the media, the ruling military junta attempts to isolate the population from independent opinions. But you can help us beat the blackout," said Amnesty International. "About 12 people will use each radio, so if we reach our target, 50,000 more people inside Burma will have access to independent news broadcasts."
Amnesty International is asking for help to raise money by the end of June.
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