Swe Win

Editor-in-chief, Myanmar Now

Ko Swe Win is editor-in-chief of the Yangon-based investigative news outlet Myanmar Now. He recently earned Asia’s highest honor, taking home a 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award alongside five other recipients from across Asia. He is the seventh Myanmar citizen to win the prestigious award. Both Ko and his Myanmar Now are well-known for in-depth, investigative reporting on human rights abuses; corruption; for criticizing ultranationalist monks; and for exposing the family wealth of military generals. Ko was also held for seven years as a political prisoner on national security-related charges—enduring torture and starvation—during military rule.

Swe is speaking at

French Translation
September 27, 2019
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Lecture Hall 200, HafenCity Universität (HCU)


  • Gustavo Gorriti (Speaker) Director, IDL-Reporteros
  • Glenda Gloria (Speaker) Managing Editor, Rappler
  • Swe Win (Speaker) Editor-in-chief, Myanmar Now
  • Sheila Coronel (Moderator) Dean of Academic Affairs, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism


Independent media are under siege around the world, attacked with old tactics of assaults and prison and a more modern arsenal of legal and regulatory threats, online harassment, and disinformation. Here are three extraordinary journalists on the front lines of censorship and political pressure who refuse to give in. Come hear how your colleagues are fighting back in Peru, the Philippines, and Myanmar.

French translation for this session is provided by CFI, the French media development organization.

Add to my calendar


Create your personal schedule through the official app, Whova!

Get Started