The New Era Journal, (Khit Pyaing), was founded in Thailand in 1993 by the late U Tin Maung Win. U Tin Maung Win was one of the leaders of the secret All Burma Student Association which was formed in 1963 to oppose the military rule of General Ne Win shortly after the suppression of the July 1962 student uprising at the University of Rangoon in which hundreds of students were killed.
Jailed from 1965 to 1968, U Tin Maung Win's continuing political activities forced him to flee Burma for Thailand, where he was very active in the opposition-in-exile movement known as the Parliamentary Democracy Party (PDP), which was headed by the democratically elected but deposed prime minister of Burma, U Nu. U Tin Maung Win was granted political asylum in the US after he and close associates in the PDP were expelled from Thailand in 1976 for engaging in political activities that embarrassed the Thai government. While living in the Washington D. C. area he co-founded the Foundation for Democracy in Burma, which is still active in publishing reviews and analyses of the situation in Burma. After 12 years he returned to Thailand to help build a bridge between ethnic minority groups and democracy advocates that had fled the country after the August 1988 uprising in Burma.
In 1993, U Tin Maung Win began publishing the New Era Journal (NEJ) with the help of well-known Burmese newspaper and magazine writers and editors. The Burmese-language newspaper is distributed inside Burma and also to exile communities around the world. Since his death on December 1, 1999, U Tin Maung Win's wife, Daw Khin Myo Aye, and daughter, Thuza Win, have assumed responsibility for publishing the newspaper. NEJ's goal remains to report true facts, to reflect the views of all national ethnic minorities and advocate democracy, human rights and equal justice for all in Burma.
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Presented here is a selection of cartoons, which have appeared in the New Era Journal from 1993 until 2003. Featured cartoonists are Mr. Burma, Po Nyo, M-16, Saw Ngo and others.