"As far as he’s is concerned, there’s no conflict of interest in working as a reporter and taking matters into his own hands to help his fellow Burmese. Like them, Kyaw Thaung [pictured above] crossed the border in search of greater freedom to practice his craft. Over the years he did other jobs to make money, but his conscience would not allow him to ignore the human rights violations going on in the hundreds of factories around him. ‘I’m a journalist and I’ve seen too much suffering,’ he says. ‘It’s impossible for me to sit and wait. I want to attack the problem personally.’”
From Pulitzer Center grantee Jason Motlagh’s Untold Story on journalist Kyaw Thaung and his work to liberate and assist Burmese migrant workers enslaved and abused in the Thai shrimp industry. Read the whole story and let us know your thoughts about the activism-journalism mix.
Image by Jason Motlagh. Thailand, 2012.