Join the Mizzima Key Cam­paign

Mizzima Business Weekly - - CONTENTS -

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

Email

we­sup­port@mizzima.com

Mo­bile

+95 – 942 1010 100

Web­site

http://build­ing mizzi­mafoun­da­tion.org

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