Shin Daewe Receives 2024 Wallis Annenberg Justice for Women Journalists Award

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) today announced the winners of its 35th annual Courage in Journalism Awards, which honor remarkable bravery in the pursuit of reporting. The 2024 honorees are Lauren Chooljian, an American journalist with New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR); Maha Hussaini, a Palestinian freelance journalist; and Mónica Velásquez Villacís, an Ecuadorian journalist with La Posta.

Burmese documentary filmmaker Shin Daewe received the 2024 Wallis Annenberg Justice for Women Journalists Award, which is given annually to a journalist who is unjustly jailed, detained or imprisoned. After her arrest for receiving filming equipment, Daewe was sentenced to life in prison in January – the most severe sentence given to a journalist since the junta regained power in February 2021.

“We need women's voices in news media to keep the press free and we need to fiercely protect women like Lauren, Maha, Mónica and Shin to ensure that power is held to account and that equitable values survive.”
Elisa Lees Muñoz
Executive Director, IWMF

Daewe is one of Myanmar’s pioneering women documentary filmmakers, covering political, environmental and social issues in her country. Following a prior detention in 1990, and year-long jailing in 1991, Daewe was sentenced to life in prison in 2024 for allegedly “funding and assisting terrorists,” and was charged behind closed doors by a military tribunal without access to legal representation.

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