Myanmar Now
IndustryNews agency
FoundedAugust 2015; 6 years ago (August 2015)
Area served
Key people
Swe Win, Editor-in-Chief
Number of employees
30 (2019)

Myanmar Now is a news agency based in Myanmar (Burma). Myanmar Now journalists publish bilingual Burmese and English articles on an eponymous online news portal. The agency provides free syndication throughout the country, with a distribution network of over 50 national and local media outlets that regularly republish its stories.[1] As of September 2019, Myanmar Now had a readership of over 350,000, and a team of 30 journalists.[2] The news service is noted for its in-depth reporting on high-impact issues, including corruption, child labor, human rights, and social justice.[3][4]


Myanmar Now was established by the Thomson Reuters Foundation in 2015 to support in-depth independent journalism, in the lead-up to the 2015 Myanmar general election.[1] The news service officially launched in August of that year.[5] The agency is led by Swe Win, its chief correspondent and editor-in-chief.[1] Its founding chief correspondent was Thin Lei Win, a Reuters journalist.[6] Since the inception of the news service, several Myanmar Now journalists, including Swe Win, have been threatened and assaulted by military and legal authorities for their work.[7][8][9]

On 8 March 2021, soldiers of the Myanmar military junta raided the headquarters Myanmar Now, before they announced to ban five media outlets amidst the ongoing protests.[10]


In 2016, Htet Khaung Lin, a Myanmar Now journalist, was awarded the European Commission's Lorenzo Natali Media Prize, for a piece on underage sex workers in Myanmar.[1][11]

That same year, it received an honorable mention in the Society of Publishers in Asia Awards for investigative reporting, namely a piece on the 969 Movement.[12][1]

In 2019, Swe Win won the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership, for his leadership in fostering journalistic integrity and quality in Myanmar as Myanmar Now's editor-in-chief.[3][13]

In a group with other collaborating news organizations, Myanmar Now was awarded an Online Journalism Award for "2020 Excellence in Collaboration and Partnerships", specifically for reporting on pangolins.[14]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e Foundation, Thomson Reuters. "Myanmar Now". Thomson Reuters Foundation. Retrieved 2021-02-05.
  2. ^ "'Truth, justice, love': Ko Swe Win on journalism in times of repression". Rappler. Retrieved 2021-02-05.
  3. ^ a b "Myanmar Now Editor-in-Chief Awarded Asia's Highest Honor". The Irrawaddy. 2019-08-02. Retrieved 2021-02-05.
  4. ^ "Myanmar journalist Swe Win one of the winners of the Ramon Magsaysay Award". Mizzima. 30 August 2019.
  5. ^ Clark, Helen. "An Independent News Site for Myanmar". Retrieved 2021-02-05.
  6. ^ "Thin Lei Win, Myanmar Now: 'We're not going to shy away from controversial topics'". Frontier Myanmar. 2015-09-02. Retrieved 2021-02-05.
  7. ^ "Myanmar Now Reporters Threatened With Arrest by Military". The Irrawaddy. 2018-06-25. Retrieved 2021-02-05.
  8. ^ "Myanmar Now Journalist Assaulted". The Irrawaddy. 2017-03-15. Retrieved 2021-02-05.
  9. ^ "Investigation into shooting attack on Myanmar journalist goes nowhere | Reporters without borders". RSF. 2020-12-02. Retrieved 2021-02-05.
  10. ^ "Myanmar: military revokes licences of five media outlets in blow to press freedom". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  11. ^ "Myanmar journalist wins international award". The Myanmar Times. 2016-02-03. Retrieved 2021-02-05.
  12. ^ "The SOPA 2016 Awards for Editorial Excellence Awards Winners List" (PDF). The Society of Publishers in Asia.
  13. ^ "Ko Swe Win". The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation. 2019.
  14. ^ "The Pangolin Reports". Retrieved 4 February 2021.