Swe Win is the editor-in-chief at Myanmar Now, an independent news agency that produces features and investigations in both Burmese and English. As a former seven-year political prisoner during the military regime, Swe Win has a deep understanding of the country’s troubled past and the need for democratic change. Prior to joining Myanmar Now, he set up an independent newspaper, The Yangon Globe, after junta-era media censorship was lifted in 2012. Before that, he worked for the exile-based Irrawaddy magazine.
Swe Win currently supervises the editorial and financial management of a 40-member editorial team based in Myanmar. He holds a master degree in journalism from the University of Hong Kong and is a recipient of a presidential certificate of honour for social service through journalism (2016), European Union’s Schuman Award for human rights in 2017, Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership in 2019, and the Shorenstein Journalism Award from the Standford University in 2021.