Journalist Soe Myint of Myanmar’s Mizzima News has been named UMass Lowell’s 2022 Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies. Soe Myint has been working in the media field since 1992 in different capacities from reporting, managing and training. He was in exile for 24 years while the country was under military dictatorship. He founded Mizzima (derived from the Pali word for “middle” or “moderate”) in New Delhi, India in 1998 together with Daw Thin Thin Aung who is currently being detained in Insein Jail, Yangon by the military junta.
In January 2012, Mizzima was the first exile media to move back inside Myanmar, after the country opened up to democratic change.
The military regime forcibly shut down its Free-To-Air Mizzima TV channel when it took over power on February 1, 2021. However, Mizzima continues to broadcast and publish independent news and information through two satellite Mizzima TV channels, FM radio, Mizzima Websites, Mizzima Facebook, Mizzima YouTube, and Mizzima Application, reaching more than 30 million readers and viewers every day inside and outside Myanmar.
Soe Myint and his colleagues are presently working from different locations inside and outside the country to continue to operate as an independent media in Myanmar. He, along with 17 other Mizzima journalists, are being charged with 505 (A) by the junta for continued reporting, publishing, and broadcasting of Mizzima. Out of 18, four are currently in jail in Myanmar.
Soe Myint’s publications include the 2003 release “Burma File: A Question of Democracy”, as well as numerous articles in various newspapers and magazines. He is a regular speaker and invited guest at national and international forums on media in Myanmar.