Sunday, September 21, 2008

Help! The Generals of Burma are Strangling the Irrawaddy

Dear Irrawaddy subscribers,

We regret to inform you that the Irrawaddy Web site is still
unavailable due to a severe attack that has also targeted a number of
other exiled Burmese media groups.

We attempted to redirect Irrawaddy readers to a mirror site, but that
site has also come under attack. Our technicians worked until 2 a.m.
to correct the problem, but finally had to take both sites offline.

Unfortunately, we still don't know when we will be able to return to
regular service. We have been informed by the company that hosts our
Web site that the attack was severe and sophisticated, and will resume
immediately if we attempt to restore service.

As a temporary measure, we will be posting online content on a new
blog,, until further notice. Please
visit this site for updated news and other regular features.

For news in Burmese, please visit

We have also received reports that Internet speeds in Burma have been
very slow since Wednesday, and that Internet cafes in Rangoon have
come under heavy surveillance, with police and officials checking
customers' ID cards and monitoring Internet use.

These developments come on the anniversary of last year's monk-led
uprising known as the "Saffron Revolution." At the height of the
crackdown on peaceful demonstrations, the Burmese regime stopped all
Internet traffic into and out of the country to stem the flow of
information about atrocities being committed by the army and security

We would like to assure Irrawaddy readers that we will make every
effort to keep you informed of the situation inside Burma. We thank
you for your patience and continued support.

The Irrawaddy


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