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Veteran pro-democratic Journalist of Myanmar Win Tin died

Apr 22, 2014 11:11 IST

Myanmar Win TinVeteran pro-democratic Journalist of Myanmar Win Tin on 19 April 2014 died due to his respiratory problems. He was 85.

Win Tin was a politician and former political prisoner in Burma. He was a founder of the Aung San Suu Kyi-led National League for Democracy.

He was arrested in July 1989 because of his senior position in the National League for Democracy (NLD). He had spent 19 years in prison on charges including anti-government propaganda.

In 2001, Win Tin was awarded the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize for his efforts to defend and promote and right to freedom of expression.

imageThat year, he was also awarded the World Association of Newspapers' Golden Pen of Freedom Award. Since the start of 2006 he had not been able to receive visits from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Win Tin was seen as highly influential in the push for reform in the South East Asian nation, formerly called Burma.

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