3 June, 2013
A newspaper publisher who created a sports paper and used coded headlines to call for democracy in Myanmar has won the Golden Pen Press Freedom Award from the World Editors’ Forum. Dr Than Htut Aung, chairman and chief executive of the Eleven Media Group, received the award at a more than 1500 newspaper executives at the World Association of Newspapers Conference in Bangkok. “After 50 years of dictatorship, the road to democracy will not be smooth. We are living under fear. The Golden Pen means I am not working alone and the people of Myanmar are not working alone. It means the international community is with us,” He said during his speech.