Nay Win Maung was a leading critic of the government in Myanmar through his magazine, Living Color. Working as a publisher in a country where government policies toward the media are restrictive, Nay Win was widely read in Myanmar and the influence of Living Color magazine grew significantly under his leadership.
Nay Win also co-founded two newspapers, The Voice Weekly and Foreign Affairs Weekly. As the only media advocating national reconciliation and offering constructive criticism of government policies, Nay Win's publications remain under strict scrutiny.
Nay Win tragically passed away from a heart attack in January 2012.
The death from a heart attack of Dr Nay Win Maung has robbed Burma of an intellectual and public policy analyst of great integrity.
To his detractors, civil-society organizer Nay Win Maung was a man not to be trusted, with deep and suspicious ties to the country's harsh military regime. But a spate of reforms in Myanmar over the past year may have vindicated the scholar, who died Jan. 1. The cause was a heart attack and he was believed to have been 49 or 50 years old, according to friends and exile media reports. For years, Mr. Nay Win Maung argued the best way forward in Myanmar, also known as Burma, was to cooperate with the country's military junta, slowly prodding it toward change while accepting some of its flaws.