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SEPA: Message from U Win Tin

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Message from U Win Tin
15 November 2008

The following is the transcript of a pre-recorded message by recently released Burmese journalist U Win Tin. The video was first shown during the 10th Anniversary Celebration of SEAPA on 8 November 2008 in Bangkok, Thailand.

To my fellow journalists in Southeast Asia: A speech by U Win Tin

It has been a long time I was ousted from my profession as I was jailed by the military regime for my activities in the fields of press freedom, democracy and human rights. I passed through two decades of imprisonment. Those are the gloomiest days for my long professional life.

During our long struggle many of my journalist comrades also were persecuted by the military regime along with all other political dissidents all over the country. Tens of my close colleagues, including famous journalist writer Maung Thaw Ka, perished in inhumanly tormented prison-camps. Some like me were released after suffering long years of languishing in the hellish prison cells. There are still many journalists and writers suffering untold miseries in the jails. Some of them might have gone incapacitated mentally as well as physically, or few of them might have been dead. We got very scant information about our comrades scattered all over the country in far out camps.

While we were behind bars, we were prohibited to write, to read, or for some even to talk to others.

We were put out of prison, but we were not being blinded. We had seen the light, however dim and scant at the end of the tunnel all the time. We saw the light in the form of news and messages. We made out all of them into news bulletin. Political prisoners as well as ordinary convicts were informed, encouraged and enlightened. Volatile political activities and protest deliberations resulted.

On my release from jail, political persecutions, economic exploitations, social discriminations, cultural disintegrations, human rights violations are found everywhere.

In these times, power and prestige of the press grew immense around the world. But it is not a universal reality. I learn few hard facts that many members of the press in Burma are still discriminated, persecuted and imprisoned. They are being sued and suppressed and even murdered in many countries in Southeast Asia, Asia, Africa, etc. all over the world. Unlike in all other countries, press men in Burma are pressured by repressive laws, and threatened with involvement in terrorism, official secrecy or national security matters.

These are the situations we still have to face today in Burma. We have to fight for democracy and free expression very hard. We still have to struggle for freedom of press and upholding of human rights. This is the struggle, we, all the journalists in Southeast Asia still continue to strive to the end.

I greet the 10th anniversary celebrations of Southeast Asian Press Alliance. It is a great moment of joy for all the free and independent journalists, especially fettered and oppressed journalists in Burma today.

Let us never forget the oneness of our common freedom of press struggle.

Long live Southeast Asian Press Alliance.


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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 16, 2008 at 3:04 pm

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World focus on Burma (16 November 2008)

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Myanmar Activists Moved To Separate Prisons – Relatives
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He said the human rights body has been accepted as essential by members Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Brunei. …

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Dissident Leaders Transferred to Remote Prisons
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… were transferred from Rangoon’s Insein Prison to remote prisons around Burma on Saturday night and early Sunday morning—with more prisoners expected to …

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Burma Cracks Down on Media, Democracy Activists
About – News & Issues, NY –
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Inter Press Service, Italy –
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Center for Research on Globalization, Canada –
And neighbors China and India—motivated by selfish economic concerns—look the other way at the Burmese junta’s horrendous human rights abuses. …

Myanmar opposition leaders receive 65-year prison terms

JURIST –

Human rights groups have estimated that more than 2100 Burmese have been imprisoned for their religious and political beliefs despite the government’s …

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Sunday Times.lk, Sri Lanka –

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Voice of America –
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… of Burmese companies that are involved in the gem business, including the Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Company (a military-owned conglomerate), …

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Grand Forks Herald, ND –
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Myanmar sentences 9 more activists to prison
The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A court in military-ruled Myanmar has sentenced an additional nine pro-democracy activists to 65-year prison terms, relatives and …

Bush, Burma, & An Effective UN
OpEdNews, PA –
… discussing Burma and when a UN envoy said he planned to discuss the prospect of talks between the junta and opposition political leader Aung San Suu Kyi …

Myanmar opposition leaders get long jail terms: relatives
AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — One of Myanmar’s most prominent activists was sentenced to 65 years in jail along with two other pro-democracy leaders in connection with the …



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November 16, 2008 at 3:42 am