Burmese journalist U Thang began his successful career with the newspaper The Burma Times in 1947. By the age of 25, he climbed the ranks and became editor in chief after only being with the publication for four years. Just ten years later in 1957, he created the daily newspaper Kyemon, which became the top selling publication in Burma. Due to government restrictions on press freedoms, Kyemon was briefly confiscated. Once it was released back to U Thang, he continued publishing what was perceived as open criticism against the government and regime, causing him and three of his editors to be arrested and imprisoned without charge. This marked the end of Burmese free press for nearly fifty years.
In 1967, U Thang was pardoned and his journalism license was revoked due to being too critical of the government. He eventually was granted permission to travel to the United States and moved to Missouri. He began to work for the Missourian as well as write about his experiences with the Burmese government for publications. He became the editor in chief of the New Era Journal, which was printed in Thailand and illegally smuggled into Burma. He wrote a total of thirty books, with two becoming bestsellers. He passed away in 2008, being named Burma's longest-serving journalist by the Democratic Voice of Burma.
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