Overview and Team

Myanmar Now is an independent news service providing free, accurate and unbiased news to the people of Myanmar in both Burmese and English. 

The service offers news and information related to the reform process and the forthcoming national elections. The content is syndicated for free to other news outlets in the country and around the world.  

The aim of the initiative is to ensure that both citizens of Myanmar and the media have access to a trusted source of information before and after the elections.

In addition to news and information, the website offers professional development resources for journalists including training materials and curricula in Burmese and English.

Myanmar Now is supported by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and is part of a wider initiative to support local media in the country.

Swe Win

Editor-in-Chief

Yangon-born Swe Win has always aspired to write and doggedly pursued a career as a journalist. His dream of publishing a newspaper is still unrealised, but has notched up extensive experience as a journalist since 2007. He began reporting for various local publications in Yangon and later worked as a senior reporter for The Irrawaddy Magazine. For the past few years, he has freelanced for international news publications and agencies including The New York Times. His work of presenting the complexities of Myanmar to an international audience without resorting to old tropes and stereotypes is well-known within journalist circles. He also has management experience, having set up a small online news agency on his own.

Zarny Win

Editor

Zarny started out as a journalist at the Burmese-language version of The Irrawaddy Magazine's website in 2000, later rising to become a copy editor. He was also editor of the popular Moemaka online community. Born in Mogoke, a small township in Mandalay Region known for its flawless rubies and sapphires, Zarny has considerable experience working and mentoring journalists and regularly provides media training, a profession far from from his childhood dreams to become a drummer or a footballer. Zarny is currently undertaking mentoring for a number of Burmese journalists as part of a TRF programme to encourage investigations into corporate governance and the environment.

Htet Khaung Linn

Senior Reporter

Htet Khaung Linn has worked for various well-known publications and news outlets in Myanmar, from Messenger Journal to the Myanmar Post to The Irrawaddy Magazine. He started his career at business-oriented Ecovision Journal where he honed his skills. Born in Mon State in eastern Myanmar, he has made a name for himself with accurate and colourful reports on a host of issues - political, economical and environmental - Myanmar is facing. His reporting on the conflict between humans and wild elephants in northern Yangon Region won first prize in a contest organised by the British Embassy in Myanmar and environmental group TRAFFIC.

Ei Cherry Aung

Reporter

With three years of journalism experience under her belt, Ei Cherry Aung brings to Myanmar Now her knowledge and skills working for local publications such as Myawaddy Daily and Tomorrow Journal. Her childhood dream was to become a lawyer.

Phyo Thiha Cho

Reporter

Phyo Thiha started his journalism career at the People's Image weekly journal after the 2010 elections. Born and raised in Hledan, Yangon, a stone's throw away from the historic Yangon University, he has since also worked at the Myanmar's Age, The Earth Journal and Empire newspapers. In 2013, he used his own savings to set up Super Kids, a journal specifically for children. His last workplace was Yangon Globe, a web-only news outlet. His childhood dreams of becoming a singer-songwriter disappeared after witnessing the 2007 Saffron Revolution and the impact of Cyclone Nargis in 2008. He volunteered with the Myanmar Realize Organization in the aftermath of the cyclone, which killed tens of thousands of people. He specialises in human rights, politics and business-related news and features.

Paul Vrieze

Sub-Editor (English language)

Paul entered journalism in Asia in 2008 after joining The Cambodia Daily, where he wrote daily stories and features. As Myanmar opened up, the Dutchman was keen to report on its unique democratic transition and joined The Irrawaddy Magazine as an editor and reporter in 2012. He was the first foreign staffer to move to Yangon with the magazine as it left Thailand after years in exile. Paul has freelanced for international publications such as the Global Post, Asia Times Online, Nikkei Asian Review, IRIN and DPA. His work has focused on human rights, environment, conflict, politics and business. After gaining experience with independent daily news outlets in the region, he is now looking forward to producing in-depth stories and investigations as a sub-editor at Myanmar Now.

Aung Khin

Translator

Yangon-born Aung Khin entered the media world in 2006 when he joined Eleven Media Group as a translator/journalist. He has also worked as an online news editor at Mizzima Media and was a member of Mizzima magazine's editorial team. He hopes to become a good editor and enjoys writing in English.

Thin Lei Win

Correspondent-at-large

Born and raised in Myanmar, Thin has been working for the Thomson Reuters Foundation since 2008. Based out of Bangkok, Thin has worked on award-winning humanitarian news coverage in Southeast and East Asia, on issues as wide-ranging as disasters, conflicts, climate change, women’s rights, refugees and displacement and governance. Thin caught the journalism bug when she interned at a publishing house in Singapore in 2000 in her final year of studies in Business Management and eschewed the business world for life as a reporter, to her parents’ initial consternation. Thin founded Myanmar Now in 2015, was its first chief correspondent and managed the news agency before handing over the reins to Swe Win.

May Thet Hninn

Office Manager

May Thet Hninn has considerable experience in managing the offices of media development and training organisations, having worked for Yangon Media Initiatives, Yangon Journalism School and Internews Myanmar. Her childhood dream was to become a civil engineer but she is currently studying accounting.

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