Throughout the month of March, Reporters Without Borders will be publicizing the case of Burmese journalist Win Tin, who has been in prison since 4 July 1989.
On 12 March, Win Tin will be celebrating his 75th birthday in his cell.
Win Tin, one of the political mentors of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, continues to serve his 20-year prison sentence. He was convicted of "subversion" and "anti-government propaganda." He has been shuttling back and forth between his cell and the spartan prisoners’ wing of Rangoon hospital for the past few years.
He is regularly offered freedom in exchange for a signed promise to give up all political activity. But "Saya" (Teacher), as his friends call him, has always refused to cut such a deal and break his ties with the National League for Democracy, which was cheated out of its landslide victory at the 1990 general elections.
Further information about Win Tin
Over 15 years ago, Reporters without Borders created its "Sponsorship Programme" and called upon the international media to select and support an imprisoned journalist. More than two hundreds news staffs around the globe are thus sponsoring colleagues by publicising their situations so that their cases will not be forgotten.
Currently, Win Tin is sponsored by 40 news organizations:
TF1, Le Journal du Dimanche, Télérama, Gavroche, Le Monde, Les Dernières nouvelles d’Alsace, BFM, ARTE, Humanisme, Azur FM, Le Peuple, Club de la presse de Nîmes, Paris Normandie, Institut pratique de journalisme, Maire de France, Agriculture horizon, Humanisme, France 3 sud Languedoc-Roussilon, Romans Magazine, L’Humanité
Le Soir magazine, Le Soir, BEL-RTL, Le Vif/L’Express, RTBF, RTL-TVI, Vers l’avenir, Fun Radio, Radio Contact/ Contact Inter, Enjeux Internationaux
Emission "Points Chauds" de Telequebec, "Echos Vedettes", Ottawa Sun
Cadena Ser, Tiempo, Perfiles, TV3 Catalunya, Asociación de la Prensa de Cádiz, Agencia Cover, El Correo Español/El Pueblo Vasco