Shin Daewe

Cho Cho Hnin, known professionally as Shin Daewe, was born in 1973. During the 1990s, she gained recognition as a poet and actively participated in the 1996 modern poetry movement at Rangoon University called New Century Defile. Her career diversified in 1997 when she joined AV media. In the 2000s, she published a fashion magazine and served as a reporter for the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) from 2005 to 2008, eventually transitioning to a freelance documentary filmmaker. In 2009, she began working for Radio Free Asia (Burmese Service). Shin Daewe is also the director of Yangon Filmschool, based in Yangon, Myanmar. Her reporting often focuses on environmental issues and human interest stories.

Her most powerful work emerged after the military coup, when she reported from some of the most dangerous areas, documenting villages that were burned down and the killing of hundreds of civilians. She highlighted the plight of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and the broader struggles of the Burmese people.

Shin Daewe is driven by a deep desire to help others and contribute to society. She firmly believes in the freedom of expression. Her husband, Ko Oo, shared that she feels happy knowing she has recently won several international awards, including the IWMF Courage in Journalism Award.

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