Sunday, December 25, 2005

Members Profiles (2005) of MoeMaKa Radio

Members Profiles (2005) of MoeMaKa Radio

Board of Directors

1.      Aung Din
2.      Min Zin
3.      Maung Maung Win (Maung Yit)


1.      Maung Maung Win (Maung Yit)
2.      Htain Linn
3.      Zarny Win
4.      Khun Myo Nge
5.      Chann Myay Ain

Working Committee

1.      Advisory
2.      Contributors
3.      Editors
4.      Production & Publication
5.      Information Technology & System
6.      Operation


1.      Maung Swan Yi
2.      Tin Moe
3.      Mar Mar Aye
4.      Win Pe


1.      Khaing Mar Kyaw Zaw
2.      Mya Kyay Mon
3.      Kyaw Kyaw Naing


1.      Maung Maung Win (Maung Yit)
2.      Htain Linn
3.      Zarny Win

Information Technology & System (IT/IS)
1.      Maung Maung Win (Maung Yit)

Publication, Production

1.      Htain Linn
2.      Maung Yit
3.      Khun Myo Nge


1.      Maung Maung Win (Maung Yit)
2.      Chann Myay Ain

Location of MoeMaKa Media

PO Box 320207, San Francisco, CA 94132-0207
Phone: 1-415-595-1485

Service Available

1.      Weekly Radio Program Production
2.      Daily News and Articles Online Publication – (e-journal)
3.      Online Catalog Ordering System
4.      Web Hosting and Technical Support
5.      Multimedia Cataloging, Archiving and Digitizing (Books, CDs and DVDs)
6.      Burma Related Media Catalog Online Library
7.      Production, Publication of books, CD/DVD, audio and video products

3.      Brief Bio-Data of Officers and Volunteers


  1. Aung Din
Aung Din served over four years behind bars as a political prisoner in Burma after organizing and helping to lead the country's nationwide pro-democracy uprising in 1988 as Vice Chairperson of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU), a largest national student organization and outlawed by the regime. He is also country representative of the Thai-Burma border based "Assistance Association for Political Prisoners-Burma" (AAPP). He has been quoted in countless media articles, testified before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Congressional Human Rights Caucus, and traveled on speaking tours across the United States.

  1. Min Zin
Min Zin has been involved in Burmese pro-democracy movement since he was 14 as a high school student activist in early 1988. He founded nation-wide high school student union in Burma and worked with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi closely. He went into hiding in 1989 as he had had to avoid the arrest by military, and his underground activist-cum-writer life lasted for nine years until he fled to Thai-Burma border in September 1997. He was a deputy editor of the Irrawaddy Magazine ( He has been a visiting scholar at U.C. Berkeley's School of Journalism in 2001-2002. He is currently working as a broadcaster for Radio Free Asia (Burmese Service).

  1. Maung Maung Win (Maung Yit)
In 1998, He was a 20-year-old electrical engineering student at Rangoon Institute of Technology, a politically active school comparable to UC Berkeley or SF State when police raided the campus breaking into dorm rooms and jailing outspoken students. He wrote articles for Burmese newsletters that were critical of the repressive government between the years 1988 – 1996. He left his country in 1997 to Singapore where he help founded informative web sites for Burmese to promote freedom of expression. Fours year later he flew to the United States to attend graduate school in Iowa at Fairfield and then co found MoeMaKa Radio in April 2003. He is now also working at J Paul Leonard Library, San Francisco State University as System Specialist.


  1. Htain Linn
1988-2001, he was actively involved in struggle for democracy in Burma by participating himself in Student Union, Democratic Party for a New Society [DPNS] and National League for Democracy. As a writer and an editor by profession, he had worked in several local magazines and journals with various pen names including "Htain Linn". He was detained twice by military junta as an active member of NLD while NLD was staging the CRPP action to head against National Convention by military junta back in 1997 and 1998. In 2001, he fled to Thailand, worked as Editor for Burmese Edition in Irrawaddy Publishing Group, Burmese media group in exile. He had written numerous articles on Burmese struggle for democracy and freedom of expression in various Burmese publications outside Burma including Radio Free Asia – Burmese Services and New Era Journal (Khit Pyaing). He is still an active member of AAPP-Burma (Assistance association for political prisoners in Burma).

  1. Zarny Win
Since 1988, he was an active NLD-Youth member participating in the struggle for democracy in Burma. He had been detained twice for his democratic political activity. After he fled to Thai-Burma border in 2000, he became a staff writer of Irrawaddy Publishing Group. He also published his own Burmese news journal – Shwe Yanant (Golden Scent) for the Burmese readers at the border area. He is also serving as an active executive member of AAPP-Burma (Assistance association for political prisoners in Burma).

  1. Khu Myo Nge (Cartoon Dynamite) ( Cartoonist in Exile )
After the military junta brutal crackdown on democracy demonstration in 1988, he fled to Thai-Burma border. He constantly worked with Burmese media groups in exile as an illustrator and cartoonist in their publication. He was well-known for his politically critical comic strips in Irrawaddy News, Khit Pyaing and Other Ethnics Newsletters.

  1. Chann Myay Ain
An anonymous Burmese social and community volunteer who frequently travel into Burma to contribute his labor and service with non profit and non governmental humanitarian and medical organization for socially and economically disabled Burmese people in the rural area. 

  1. Tin Moe ( Poet in Exile)
A Well-known writer whose literary work has achieved great recognition and appreciation before the advent of the military dictatorship in Burma. Living in involuntary exile, he is unofficially regarded as being his country's 'national poet'. Although his work is banned in Burma, he continues to write poetry and other work in Belgium and the United States. His texts are a constant source of inspiration for his people. Tin Moe's poems are circulated in pro-democratic circles in Burma and are regularly published in the foreign media. He was awarded with Prince Claus Award in 2004 honoring him for his outstanding literary achievements and for his role in sustaining culture as a source of strength, inspiration and identity.

  1. Maung Swan Yi ( Critic & Poet in Exile)
A well-known scholar and writer, his poems, short stories, book reviews, and articles on Mayanma (Burmese) literature and art have appeared in various journals, magazines, and newspapers since 1958, often under the pen name Maung Swan Yi. He has lectured on literature, at schools, town halls, churches, and monasteries, since 1962 and has also devoted himself to the preserving of Burmese culture, conducting extensive field research on Burmese folklore and folk music.

  1. Mar Mar Aye ( Musician Artiste in Exile)
She sang almost 6000 songs, including movie soundtracks and independent records and cassettes, as well as radio broadcasts. She worked for Burma Broadcasting Service from 1961 to 1977 as an assistant producer. She is currently performing in the United States and compiling an archive of materials related to the history of Burmese music. Her current popular program is now presenting at BBC Burmese Section of her life and Burmese music history from her perspective.

  1. Win Pe ( Artist, Film Director & Writer in Exile )
A well-known artist, film director, short-story writer, painter and musician. In the early 1960s, Win Pe worked as an illustrator for People 's Daily in Mandalay, and served as the principal of the State School of Fine Arts, Music and Dancing until the early 70s. In a continuation of his creativity, Win Pe became a film director, short story and screenplay writer. In 1994, he left Burma for the United States. In 1997 - 2005, he has worked with Radio Free Asia under the name – Zaw Wate.


1.      Khaing Mar Kyaw Zaw
Khaing Mar Kyaw Zaw (Burma), poet, journalist, and teacher, is an ethnic Karen, one of Burma´s largest minority populations. In 1992, Khaing Mar joined with the Karen opposition movement. First she taught school and joined the KNU general secretary´s office. Now she works for the Karen Women´s Organization and is the Burmese language editor for the Karen Information Center based in Thailand, writing news and feature articles. She was awarded with Hellman-Hammett Grants in 2003 for her literary and human rights activity.

2.      Mya Kyay Mon
Student Activist and former political prisoner turned into writer after she fled to Thai-Burma border. She was in Insein prison with her mother, writer San San Nweh (Tharawaddy). She  had to live in solitary confinement for 6 years. Her writings on her life in prison and her fellow political prisoners were frequently seen in DVB, Irrawaddy, New Era Journal (Khit Pyaing) and other Burmese periodicals published outside Burma. She now lives in Norway.

3.      Kyaw Kyaw Naing
He is a Saing musician for the past 25 years, and is well experienced in Burmese and international Music and musical instruments. Moreover, he is one of the few Burmese musicians whose music has been recorded for projects released outside of Myanmar, and has performed in Russia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, England and the United States. He performed his music on program “ The Bang on a Can Marathon Music” at Brooklyn Academy of Music on October 28, 2001, and at Lincoln Center on February 9, 2002.

Best Regards

Maung Maung Win
Director, Coordinator
MoeMaKa Radio / Multimedia
PO Box 320207,
San Francisco,
CA 94132-0207, US.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

MoeMaKa and Year of 2005 - Reports

Table of Content

  1. Looking Back 2005 – Initial steps and Achievements
  2. Plan Ahead Year 2006 – Building up capacity and beyond
  3. Major setback and boundary MoeMaKa facing
  4. MoeMaKa Still Looking Forward

1.      Looking Back 2005 – Initial steps and Achievements


For the first year 2004, we have run MoeMaKa with self-funding received from our volunteer staffs and directors approximately 10248.00 annual. We also received US $ 10,000.00 from OSI Burma Project for technical assistance which was spent sorely on hardware and software upgrade of MoeMaKa's production.

For the second year 2005, MoeMaKa is running its basic operation with 12,000.00 annual by the self-funding received from our own volunteer staffs and directors. On August 2005, we have received grant approval from OSI Burma Project of 16,000.00 US$ and Prince Claus Funds of 5,000.00 EU $.

Current Situation

MoeMaKa has established as one and only community based station providing Burmese literature and audio archives among other internet portals run by Burmese volunteers and professionals. As you can all see, there are 5 major internet news and information sites run by democratic Burmese which are Democratic Voice of Burma (, Norway, Mizzima News Group (, India, New Era Journal (, Irrawaddy News Group ( and Burma News Int'l ( ), Thailand. They are generally focusing on Burma related current news and articles. However MoeMaKa has gained as the significant Burmese media site which presents and represents Burmese literatures, cultural and social issues contemporary to Burmese people inside and overseas.

That is why within the year 2005, MoeMaKa has reached 1,300 subscriptions of its online free newsletter service. It is now reaching a band width of 50 GB a month from 8000 over unique internet service provider (ISP) servers. Despite blocking from the Burmese military regime's internet censorship authority, we still can see Burmese internet users from inside Burma visiting MoeMaKa through free proxy servers too.

How's self-funding used and affected for MoeMaKa

With self funding, we are doing our basic services operational in the year 2005. They are itemized as follows;

1.      Weekly Radio Program Production
2.      Daily Online Publication and Updates ( electronic news & literary journal)
3.      Archiving and Cataloging of digital and multimedia materials (books, CD, periodicals) for online catalog library
4.      Presenting, Shipping and Posting of materials distributed from Online Catalog Ordering System
5.      General Office and Communication Cost ( Internet, phone, periodicals, books, CDs, DVDs, hardware and software upgrades, postal charge and such general expenses.)

Production Highlights  - 2005

We have produced following audio CD/DVD program archived back from our past production;

"Tin Moe for all seasons around the Burmese year", the  recollection of    interviews with Tin Moe from MoeMaKa weekly radio programs on reflection of a Burmese poet on Burmese festivals around the year.

"MoeMaKa Weekly Radio Archived in MP3/Real Media - 2004", the recollection of weekly radio programs from MoeMaKa in the year 2004 for the Burmese audience who would be able to listen with their computer, CD or DVD player without connecting to the internet.

            Presentation Highlights – 2005 / 2006

We have reached significant recognition among the Burmese media professionals, Burmese artists and audience and following is the list that we considered ourselves some milestones;

MoeMaKa's Special Edition (Presentation) on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's 60th Birthday (19th June 2005)

MoeMaKa's Special Edition (Presentation) on 17th Anniversary of 8888 Burmese Democracy Uprising (8th August 2005)

MoeMaka's Special Edition (Presentation) on 90th birthday of Ludu Daw AhMar – Burmese literary icon representing freedom of expression and struggle for democracy in Burma (29th Nov 2005)

MoeMaKa in-house serials programs and articles by following Burmese artists in exile such as Tin Moe, Maung Swan Yi, Khaing Mar Kyaw Zaw.

MoeMaKa's regular programs and articles on contemporary issues of Burma written by some artists and writers who are still inside Burma with hidden pen names. ( It is considered most significant because MoeMaKa became trusted and credible by the Burmese audience and also by the artists and writers who are under the heavy censorship of military junta)

MoeMaKa's Special Program -  Letters from the Readers – which is sorely contributed by the Burmese audience inside Burma and overseas, expressing of their opinions and thoughts.

Grants Received

MoeMaKa has received the grant approvals from OSI-Burma Project of 16,000 US$ and also from Prince Claus Fund of 5,000 EU $ for the year 2005 which are more than 10,000 US$ of the grant we received in 2004 previously.

How grants used for MoeMaKa for the year 2005

1.      We have decided to maintain our basic operation within our budget managed from our own self-funding for this year 2005.

2.      We use the grant money received on awarding royalty fees to our artists, writers and advisors. ( US $ 6000.00)

3.      We use the grant money on producing publication of their works in books, newsletters and CD/DVD towards Burmese audience inside and outside Burma. ( US $ 10,000.00)

4.      We also use some amount on upgrade of our web server to serve more band-width and capacity to increasing audience. ( US $ 3000.00)

5.      We use the grant money to provide technical assistance to volunteer writers with hardware and software to be able them to update their news and articles to us whenever they are in the remote area or in mobile. (US $ 3000.00)

How the sponsorship of the granters be credited

1.      All the Granter's representing link are now displayed at the front page of our MoeMaKa website as "Friends of MoeMaKa".
2.      On the covers of all the publication and production materials in the year 2005 from MoeMaKa, all the Granters' name and logo shall be printed.
3.      At least 10 copies of publication and production materials will be sent to all Granters' organization address and if possible, more copies could be able to obtain upon request.
4.      All the materials produced from MoeMaKa with the fund from granters shall be copy right free to all the Granters i.e they are free to present or represent in their works or reports or publications.

Other Achievements

Other Departments supporting MoeMaKa's main operation have done following tasks;
                                                  i.      Online Catalog Order System ( has updated regularly with it own publication and also with other publications from other Burmese media groups based in Thailand, Korea, Japan and US which offers the convenient place to order and distribute Burma related issues.
                                                ii.      Online Media Archive Library has regularly updated with books, CD/DVD and audio records so it has collected around 1000 records electronically.
                                              iii.      Web Hosting and Technical Support has been upgraded and maintaining the following domains;
                                                              i.      AAPPB – Assistance Association for Political Prisoners Burma (, )
                                                            ii.      MyWebDigest – Burmese related web directory, Burmese Magazine and Burma Related News Article Archives
                                                          iii.      Mingalar Online – Overseas Burmese Community and Business Directory (,

Due to financial difficulty, some team members left MoeMaKa voluntarily letting other committed volunteer to step in to run the operation. However we have more recruitment of volunteers in the team, advisors and contributors.
The departed team members –
            Kyaw Aung Lwin (Officer, Production)
            Kay Thwe Khine (Officer, Operation)
The existing team members –
Maung Yit (Director, IT/IS, Editors, Production, Operation)
Htain Linn (Officer, Editors, Production)
                        The newly added team members –
Zarny Win (Officer, Editors)
Chan Myay Ain (Officer, Operation)
                        The existing advisors –
                                    Tin Moe (Poet in Exile)
                                    Maung Swan Yi (Critic in Exile)
                        The newly added advisors –
                                    Mar Mar Aye (Artiste in Exile)
                                    Win Pe (Film Director, Writer and Artist in Exile)
                        The existing contributors – 
                                    Min Zin (Journalist in Exile)
                                    Khaing Mar Kyaw Zaw (Writer in Exile)
                        The newly added contributors –
                                    Mya Kyay Mon (Writer in Exile)
                                    Kyaw Kyaw Naing (Artiste in Exile)

2.   Plan Ahead Year 2006 – Building up capacity and beyond

Estimated Budget for next year 2006 on publication and production

For the year of 2006, we would like to continue to provide the hardware, software support and royalty fees to our advisors, contributors, media professionals, artists and writers.

We would also like to keep up the pace of publication, production and distribution of MoeMaka's works towards Burmese audience inside and outside Burma.

We have to recruit more volunteer staffs that came into US with the resettlement program as refugees who are all Burmese democratic journalists in exile.

With the amount of grant we are going to receive, we are planning to use them as royalty fees to the Burmese writers and artists in exile, in the Burmese border area and also for those still inside Burma who contribute their articles passively.

With the amount of grant we are going to receive, we are planning to publish compilations of Burmese articles written by Burmese writers in exile which were normally banned in Burma. The authors are Tin Moe, Maung Swan Yi, Aung Din, Min Zin and other articles by various writers presented in MoeMaKa internet radio and online publication.

We are also planning to do the followings;

To publish monthly newsletter in hard copy to be able to post or ship to any Burmese audience inside and outside Burma so that MoeMaKa's outreach shall be extended to non-internet users of Burma.

To prepare and present "MoeMaKa in English" as MoeMaKa is to gain more audience not only with Burmese speakers but also with non-Burmese speakers to raise more awareness on building democratic civil society in Burma.

3.  Major setback and boundary MoeMaKa facing

1.      Up until now, MoeMaKa could not still be able to compensate the volunteer staffs for their valuable time and service. We still could not even employ a part time staff yet. Still, we have encouraged and requested them to continue their volunteer service and fund contribution to make our operation running so that the grant money could be able to spend on the more production of our works and on the royalty fees to the more needy Burmese writers and artists.

2.      Instead of opening up on-site information center and library for the Burmese audience where MoeMaKa is located, we have withdrawn ourselves just to maintain the online catalog library service for the interested audience.

3.      When extending our service in daily online publication and updates of Burmese articles to the readers, we have hard time presenting weekly radio programs on time between the months of August - November 2005.

4.  MoeMaKa Still Looking Forward

We are deeply appreciated and obliged for the grant received. We would like to commit ourselves on making of MoeMaKa as a practical ground for building democratic civil society for the near future of Burma. We also would like to welcome more volunteers and support to make this institution a success as an example of Burmese communities inside and outside Burma to be more willing and daring to contribute towards democratic struggle of Burma independently.

Best Regards

Maung Maung Win
(Maung Yit)
On behalf of MoeMaKa Team
PO Bx 320207,
San Francisco,


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