Blogs are becoming powerful tools of first-hand journalism, most recently evidenced by the conflict going on in Myanmar. A London blogger named Ko Htike has been blogging the violence against monks occurring in his homeland, but from his current locale in England. Htike wakes up in the middle of the night to review all the ‘digitally smuggled’ pictures and video that is sent to him from people in the thick of it in Myanmar. This is particularly important since very few Western journalists are allowed in Myanmar, limiting the amount of unbiased information released to the rest of the world. The residents are even forbidden to send the images out of the country, so they are taking a large risk by sending information to Htike.
UPDATE 9/28/07: Myanmar cuts internet in an attempt to prevent bloggers from receiving info on the conflict.