Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has awarded Burmese U Win Tin the Journalist of the Year title at the 15th RSF-Fondation de France Prize ceremony in Paris on 12 December 2006.
The 76-year-old journalist is serving a 20-year prison sentence for “subversion” and “anti-government propaganda” and has been imprisoned for 17 years now in junta-ruled Burma. Despite his failing health, he refuses to renounce his commitment to the National League for Democracy, the rightful ruling party of the day which won a landslide electoral victory in 1990. He continues to call for the unconditional release of thousands of prisoners of opinion detained by the junta. Read more about U Win Tin and the winners of the other categories here.