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Veteran Burmese journalist dies

Burmese journalist Sein Win, who championed press freedom and endured three stints in prison as he chronicled several decades of his country's turbulent history, has died at the age of 91.

His daughter Aye Aye Win said he died in a Yangon hospital today after a long period of ill health.

Sein Win worked for the Associated Press from 1969 to 1989, and was previously editor and publisher of a newspaper.

His work won him international honours, but in his own country his accomplishments were rewarded with jail time and a quarter-century ban on foreign travel.

He worked under Japanese occupation, British colonialism, parliamentary democracy and military rule. He lived long enough to see censorship lifted, and this year's return of private daily newspapers.

AP

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