Irrawaddy news site hacked

The English version of The Irrawaddy, a popular Burmese news site, was brought down on Thursday by activists calling themselves the Blink Hacker Group. The hackers appeared to target The Irrawaddy for being “supporters of jihad and radical Muslims”. The website recently ran an article covering nationalist monk Wirathu of the 969 campaign visiting likeminded Buddhist organisations in Sri Lanka. On 30 September, Aung Zaw, editor-in-chief of The Irrawaddy, was declared the winner of a 2014 International Press Freedom Award by the Committee to Protect Journalists.