Join the Mizzima Key Campaign
We are writing to our readers, audiences, and those who consistently have lent their support to Mizzima and to those who can contribute to and further help our media organization. We are excited to offer you a chance to support our media venture through the Mizzima Key Campaign.
This week Mizzima celebrates its 21st Anniversary as an independent and free media organization dedicated to providing readers and audiences with unbiased news, insight and content to keep the public informed on events in Myanmar and the region. Mizzima originated in the mind of a Myanmar refugee while living in New Delhi, India in 1998 with the intention of founding an independent media outlet for the people in Myanmar who were at the time under complete censorship and in a media Dark Age.
We named our media house “Mizzima” – “Middle Way” - as we liked the idea of being free from extremes, while espousing an independent and impartial media.
After the political landscape started to change in Myanmar, we returned to our country in early 2012 where we established Mizzima Media Company as a registered entity, the first exile media group to do so, with the intention of continuing our pursuit of free and independent media.
Backed by our motto of ‘Free, Fair and Responsible’, Mizzima has since expanded our media services to include an English magazine, mobile phone news service, Facebook page and Free-to-Air Mizzima Digital TV Channel. These are in addition to our original Myanmar and English websites.
As we have expanded our media services, the staff of Mizzima has also expanded. From just below 30 staff in 2010, Mizzima has now become a well-established media house with over 100 staff working in our news room; over 50 percent of whom are youth between the ages of 20 and 30, with most leading staff under the age of 40.
However, along with our growth and many successes, we have encountered difficulties, including when it comes to maintaining our Yangon headquarters. Currently, we rent our Mizzima Yangon Office with the yearly increase of 15% for rent. As a result, we are in need of our own premises and building with a long-term permanent address to overcome the strains of rising costs in general expenses, frequent and long power outages and huge burden of rent.
To meet this challenge, we have launched our “Mizzima Key Campaign” to assist in securing the requisite funding to acquire a new Mizzima headquarters to better pursue our crucial work.
We would like to offer you the opportunity to support our campaign. This gives you the chance to support our beliefs and demonstrate your support for Mizzima Media by buying Mizzima Keys.
We will engrave the name of the buyer on each Key. And each buyer can keep their original Key, while a duplicate Key will hang at the impressive new Mizzima Media building. With money raised through this crowd funding effort we will secure our new Mizzima office building in Yangon where Mizzima staff will work and our Mizzima readers and audiences can visit. Objective – To buy a land plot and build the Mizzima Yangon office on it Required funds – 750 million kyats (US$ 500,000) Fund raising period – June 21, 2019 to June 21, 2020 Name of Campaign – Mizzima Key Campaign Motto – Own the Key to Independent Media Individual Contribution Type A – 30,000 kyats (US$ 20) Individual Contribution Type B – 75,000 kyats (US$ 50) Individual Contribution Type C – 150,000 kyats (US$ 100) Institutional Contribution Type A – 750,000 kyats (US$ 500) Institutional Contribution Type B – 1,500,000 kyats (US$ 1,000) Institutional Contribution Type C – 3,000,000 kyats (US$ 2,000)
Since we launched this campaign just a few weeks ago, Mizzima staff, their friends and relatives have already bought (159) Keys and have contributed (7,710,000) in Myanmar kyats. Their names and other details can be seen on our website.
It is encouraging to see our media partners such as Burma News International (BNI) and Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) have been helping to promote our campaign.
So, let us conclude by requesting our readers and audiences to show your much-appreciated continued support for Mizzima and our work through the purchase of as many Keys as possible. We thank you in advance and encourage you to take part in our 21st Anniversary Celebrations! For contact and further details
+95 – 942 1010 100