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Aung Pwint is a Burmese journalist and documentary maker notable
for his 1999 imprisonment by the State Peace and Development
Council, Burma's military government, on charges of fax-machine
ownership and "sending news." Aung Pwint was first arrested by
authorities in 1967 and detained for a year; Human Rights Watch
attributes this arrest to his "contacts with the rebellious student
movement." In 1978, he was arrested again and held this time for
seventeen months. During 1988's widespread pro-democracy protests
against the rule of General Ne Win, Aung Pwint acted as joint
secretary for the People's Peaceful Demonstration Committee of the
Delta region. Following the repression of the protests, he joined a
media group to produce videos and calendars documenting the lives
of Burma's ordinary people. These documentaries were banned by the
SPDC in 1996 "because they were considered to show too negative a
picture of Burmese society and living standards"
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