Own the Key to In­de­pen­dent Me­dia

Mizzima Business Weekly - - CONTENTS - Soe Myint

Greet­ings Ev­ery­body! The last time I wrote to you was on 3 July 2019 (55 days ago) on how we are look­ing to raise funds through our Mizzima Key Cam­paign for a Mizzima build­ing in Yan­gon to help im­prove our im­por­tant me­dia work. This cam­paign has pro­gressed slower than ex­pected.

So far, we have been able to get a pledge of a to­tal (172) keys, with Myan­mar kyat (8,865,000) from our Mizzima Key Cam­paign. Names of the sup­port­ers can be found in this we­blink – http://build­ing.mizzi­mafoun­da­tion.org/mizzima-key-cam­paign/

One piece of good news, amidst the last chal­leng­ing 55 days, was that H. E U Phyo Min Thein, who is Chief Min­is­ter of Yan­gon Re­gion Govern­ment and his wife H.E Daw Khin Ei Ei Kywe have bought two keys (USD 100 for each key) in sup­port of Mizzima’s Key Cam­paign. The Chief Min­is­ter also promised us that he will look into our re­quest to search for a plot of land for Mizzima’s build­ing in Yan­gon.

I was also thrilled to re­ceive a phone call from one Burmese lady who told me that her Ja­panese friend would like to sup­port Mizzima’s Key Cam­paign by buy­ing one key (USD 100)

Mizzima and its sup­port­ers cel­e­brated the 21st An­niver­sary of Mizzima Me­dia Group this Au­gust and we had a won­der­ful din­ner party to­gether on 17 Au­gust 2019 in Yan­gon. I en­close the Mile­stones of Mizzima Me­dia in the last 21 years as well as the group photo that we took on the night of the Din­ner Party.

As we have ex­panded our me­dia ser­vices, the staff of Mizzima has also ex­panded. From just un­der 30 staff in 2010, Mizzima has now be­come a well-es­tab­lished me­dia house with over 110 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. It is for these young Mizzima mem­bers and fu­ture mem­bers we are build­ing the Mizzima Of­fice in Yan­gon be­cause they are the fu­ture of Mizzima and they rep­re­sent the fu­ture of the coun­try. Myan­mar needs in­de­pen­dent me­dia like Mizzima to con­tinue the de­moc­ra­ti­za­tion process and you as a sup­porter of the Mizzima’s Key Cam­paign are a vi­tal con­trib­u­tor to this.

Myan­mar will hold its next gen­eral elec­tions in Novem­ber 2020 and Mizzima will be work­ing to cover the elec­tions, which are tes­ta­ment to the coun­try fol­low­ing the road to democ­racy, in a na­tion-wide broad­cast through all its me­dia plat­forms – broad­cast, dig­i­tal, print and so­cial me­dia. We imag­ine that Mizzima will host re­gional and in­ter­na­tional me­dia at our Yan­gon Of­fice and pro­vide them with the nec­es­sary in­fra­struc­ture and ex­per­tise for them to cover and wit­ness the coun­try’s 2020 Elec­tions. With this let­ter, I would like to par­tic­u­larly re­quest our sup­port­ers and well-wish­ers to sup­port the Key Cam­paign by buy­ing more keys dur­ing the next 30 days.

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)

Pay­ment method

Ac­count name – Mizzima Foun­da­tion

Ac­count no. – 0002600300­001104

Bank name – C B Bank

Bank branch – Pazun­taung Branch, Yan­gon, Myan­mar Ad­dress of the ac­count holder – 003, Leik Kan Condo, Up­per Pazun­taung Road, Pazun­taung Town­ship, Yan­gon, Myan­mar For con­tact and fur­ther de­tails Email: we­sup­port@mizzima.com

Mo­bile: +95 – 942 1010 100 Web­site: http://build­ing mizzi­mafoun­da­tion.org

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