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Irrawaddy Founder Receives Shorenstein Journalism Award

16 January 2014

The Irrawaddy magazine’s founding editor-in-chief Aung Zaw has been named the 2013 recipient of the Shorenstein Journalism Award. Stanford University’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center recognizes outstanding journalists who are leaders in constructing a new role for reporting on Asia. The Irrawaddy was founded in Thailand in 1993 after a military takeover in Burma in 1988. “Nothing was more important than to get news out of the country,” said jury member Nayan Chanda. “Aung Zaw published The Irrawaddy which emerged as an important news magazine not only for a muzzled Burma, but it also covered stories from all over Southeast Asia.”