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Talking to spiders in jail | Sonny Swe | TEDxYangon

vor 2 Jahren

Over ten years ago, Sonny Swe was flying high as a successful newspaper man in Myanmar. Then overnight, he was arrested and finally sentenced to 14 years in prison for censorship offence. He gives a rare insight into life in prison from a funny, human viewpoint.

Sonny Swe accidentally found himself publishing a newspaper in 2000 when he co-founded the Myanmar Times – the first Myanmar-foreign joint venture in Myanmar’s media industry and a leading private newspaper until today. Sonny became a pioneer in Myanmar media, with more than 25 years’ experience in the industry and developed a strong addiction for print media. His love for publishing news led to an eight-year stint as a political prisoner, but the years of detention did little to cure the addiction. Soon after being released, Sonny re-entered the publishing world. He is the former CEO of the Mizzima Media Group, which published a daily newspaper, a weekly English Magazine, news websites and Mizzima TV. He is now the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Frontier Myanmar Magazine and Black Knight Media Co., Ltd. Sonny is a strong advocate for the freedom of press and freedom of expression.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at