We at the Isaan Record deliver stories on the grassroots movements of Northeast Thailand to give voice to the people fighting for change and to encourage greater diversity and transparency in the media for a more informed public.
When most people think of Thailand, no doubt they think of beautiful beaches, gold speckled temples, and deliciously spicy Pad Thai. But most are blind to the human rights abuses that are happening throughout the country especially in the marginalized regions that bear the brunt of many of the effects of economic development. The Northeast region of Thailand, known as Isaan, is the most populous area of the country, and it is also the poorest region, made up mainly of rural farming communities. Isaan has paid the price for a great number of national development schemes including large and small-scale agricultural, mining, and dam projects that have severely affected many communities across the region. Additionally, government responses to the more recent political uprisings have upset families as well as democratic freedoms of many living in Isaan.
Although it is one of the most marginalized regions in the nation, Isaan has had a long history of fighting for their communities’ livelihood and political efficacy through grassroots movements. The Isaan Record is the only English language news website specifically reporting on Isaan, and it aims to bring greater awareness and attention to the struggles, victories, and voices of the people of the Northeast who have been fighting for decades.
Through our reporting, we at the Isaan Record will
1. encourage a shift in the Thai media’s focus from one that deals primarily with
Bangkok-centric news to one that incorporates the voices and views of the largest, most populous, and poorest region of the country,
2. provide a medium through which communities can express the importance of preserving their culture and livelihoods,
3. promote greater media transparency and better access to information specifically within Isaan.
Check out some of our past stories!
Yingluck's Rice Policy Discourages Local Corruption, Farmers Say: http://isaanrecord.com/2011/10/07/yinglucks-rice-policy-discourages-local-corruption-farmers-say/
Demonstrators Storm Loei Hotel, Rally Against Mining Meeting: http://isaanrecord.com/2011/04/09/122/
What We Need and What You Get!
The Isaan Record was launched in early 2011 as a way to encourage a shift in the Thai media’s focus from one that deals almost exclusively with Bangkok-centric news. In over 12 months, The Isaan Record has published close to 40 stories in Thai and English – many of which have been written by almost no one else. Our work has been featured in Prachatai, New Mandala, Matichon Weekly, The Straits Times, Asian Correspondent, and more. As of April, it was the only English language independent news organization operating in the Northeast.
Currently, the Isaan Record is in transition and management is shifting hands to new folks who are taking over the project. As a result, we are looking for new sources of funding in order to build up some capital so that we can continue reporting and spreading the news of Isaan.
We are a small organization with only a small capacity, but we are looking for future opportunities to build up the Isaan Record, including internships for both foreign and Thai journalists of all levels. For now, we need help funding general support for our operations including:
- website upkeep
- reporter stipends
- translation fees (very important)
- local transportation
- basic equipment
With these start-upfunds we will be able to continue going into the field and bringing the stories of the Northeast into the public eye.
Alice Walker once said “the most common way people give up power is by thinking they don’t have any.” The Isaan Record is one way that we are reclaiming our power as citizens of the world and spreading that passionate sentiment by giving more power to the voices of marginalized Thai communities in the Northeast.
We believe that grassroots movements can be instrumental in bringing about greater justice and democracy in this world, and it is with your help on the ground that we can continue to promote education, global and local awareness, and human rights.
By donating to our project, you will be contributing to the proliferation of democratic media and human rights awareness. We as global citizens and consumers need to be informed about how our actions, politics, and purchases affect one another and the world. In helping to fund the Isaan Record, you are supporting a mechanism through which we encourage greater awareness, informed action, and transparent media.
We will add your name to our donor page as a thank you for believing in our work. Every donor will receive a personalized thank you from our team as well as updates from our newsroom once we begin writing again. Additionally, we have a series of perks such as hand woven crafts from the local women’s weaving cooperative near our base as well as Isaan Record t-shirts depending on the size of thedonation.
Other Ways to Get Involved!
Please help spread our campaign to family, friends, and networks. Follow the Isaan Record on Twitter www.twitter.com/isaanrecord and Facebook www.facebook.com/IsaanRecord and look for updates in the coming months at our website www.isaanrecord.com
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