BANGKOK – Aye Aye Win, The Associated Press chief of bureau in Myanmar who told her country's story to the world despite threats, surveillance and official warnings, is retiring after 25 years with the news agency.
Win carried on the legacy begun by her father, U Sein Win, AP's Myanmar correspondent from 1968-1989, who was jailed three times while fighting for press freedom. Together, their reporting spanned the decades when Myanmar was ruled by the military and its recent transition to civilian authority — changes that brought an end to its isolation but also saw the army retain great power.
For her perseverance, she won the International Women's Media Foundation's Courage in Journalism Award in 2008.
The IWMF described her as the "axe-handle of the foreign press" in Myanmar.