The Burma News International aims to promote Burma related news and reports in South Asia and South East Asia. It is also serves as a bridge for mutual-understanding, sharing experiences, expertise and resources and cooperation among the Independent Burma Media Organizations.
“To become a leading multimedia enterprise that presents a comprehensive picture of Burma and plays a role in promoting an understanding of the country.”
- Development and sustainability of member organizations and mutual cooperation between them
- BNI members should not only work for women’s participation but also recruit female journalists within their own organizations and involve them in making important decisions of the organizations.
- Emergence of ethnic radio, community radio, printing, and television in every ethnic area
- Increase the number of qualified local ethnic journalists
- Inclusion of women’s role in ethnic media concerning gender mainstreaming
- Carry out advocacy for freedom of expression
- Carry out peace process monitoring and advocacy
- Enhance the quality of news and products
- Participation in regional networks
- Protecting the rights and safety of ethnic media
- Systematically set down marketing plan and fundraising system
- The news should be based on facts and information where truthfulness can be checked. When requesting information, the journalist must introduce himself/herself; name the media group that he/she represents.
- A named source is needed in a news story and it is preferable referencing more than one source. Talk to sources on all sides of a conflict, argument or negotiation.
- If a resource person did not allow to put his/her name and address, the reporter must avoid using his/her real name. When a reporter needs using an anonymous source, he should let know the responsible editor about the anonymous.
- A resource person gives secret news amid danger, as he believes the journalist. So, it is the journalist’s responsibility to keep the source in secret.
- When covering wrong news, put correction or apology immediately.
- A journalist must be cautious, not to call a person facing a trial as a convict before the judge made a decision.
- A journalist must write a news story without putting his/her comment and avoid biased words.
- A journalist must not cover a subjective news story, in exchange of money, opportunity, bribe, souvenir or gift.
- A journalist must keep away from reporting groundless propaganda caused by influential power of a political party or a business group or a governmental office,
- A journalist must avoid discrimination, condemnation and prejudice rooted in race, religion, gender, political belief, economic background and social setting, while writing a news story or commentary.
- Never use photo, news, article and commentary created by someone if permission is not allowed. Even with permission, you need to mention the name of the original source. Never plagiarize.
- When a journalist covers news stories on women, children and disable persons, he needs to know and follow the respective laws.
- If there is no reliable confirmation, a journalist must not take news stories from the social media such as Facebook and personal blogs.
- Unethical or dirty creations such as sexual instigation news, articles, photos and pictures that hurt the moral values of citizens must be discarded from publishing.
- Racial, religious and ideological news stories or commentaries that fueled social disorders must be avoided from publishing.
BNI Membership Criteria
- Any ethnic media organization that wants to become BNI member
- Must be an independent Burma media organization
- Must be a stable media organization
- Must produce original news on Burma
- Must accept BNI’s vision, mission, rules and regulations
- Must agree to BNI’s Code of Ethics
- Must be nominated by a minimum of two existing BNI members to be voted as a new member, and the membership decision will be executed by consensus during BNI’s regular meetings
- Must accept the responsibilities assigned by BNI’s regular meetings
Board of BNI
- Executive Director – Mr. Nai Kasauh Mon
- Production Director– Mr. Sai Merng
- Finance Director – Mr. Khaing Myart Kyaw
- Managing Director – Mr. Nyo Min
- Chiang Mai - Ms. Aie Khit
- Yangon - Ms. Thi Thi Mon
- Finance Manager – Ms. Thanda Khin
- Accountant (CNX office) – Mr. Stephen Kawn
- Accountant (YGN office) – Zin Mar Khine
- English News Editor – Laignee Barron
- Social Media Editor – Aong Jaeneh
- Translator –
Peace Process Monitoring Program
- Program Coordinator – Mr. Htet Aung
- Researcher –
- Translator –
Free Ethnic Voice Radio Program in Voice of America (VoA)
- Producer – Mr. Nai Banya Enn
- Editor – Nang Hom Huang
- Newsroom consultant – Mr. Moe Zaw
- Presenter – Mrs. Nu Pan
- Narrator – Ms. Ah Mee
Ethnic TV Program
- Daily Htet (Production Officer/Program Producer)
- Mwe Khao (Program assistant)
Program production teams
5. Kayan DVB
7. Chin World
Webmaster - Mr. Piang Pha and Mr. Bo Kate