DVB: Exiled Chin news group set to publish journal in Burma

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Exiled Chin news group Khonumthung will begin publishing a journal inside Burma after receiving approval from the Ministry of Information earlier this month.

Salai Robert, deputy editor of the India-based agency, said the group would begin publishing the Khonumthung Monthly Journal in May.

The Burmese-language periodical will aim to provide news to rural residents who are unable to access the internet and will primarily report on human rights issues in the remote areas of western Burma.

"We are going to try our best to point out the needs in Chin state, to provide assistance as a news agency for development in Chin state," said Salai Robert.

"We will focus on news that reflects human rights violations – social and religious abuses – taking place in Chin state as well as the situation of Chin people living abroad."

The publication's offices will be located in Chin state's capital Hakha and Sagaing division's Kale town.

Khonumthung News was founded by exiled Chin youths on 7 March 2002 and focuses on covering human rights abuses and development issues in Chin state.

Located in northwestern Burma along the Indian border, Chin state is one of the poorest areas in Burma and has been wrecked by underdevelopment, food shortages and insurgency for decades.