Nay Phone Latt
Nay Phone Latt is the pseudonym for Nay Myo Kyaw, a Burmese political blogger, human rights activist, poet, writer, and politician. Born in Rangoon in 1980, he is the author of The City I Dropped Down, a collection of stories written during his four-year imprisonment from 2008 when he was charged for “endangering state security, stability, and order”. Nay Phone Latt was among 651 prisoners to be released in a widespread presidential amnesty in 2012. As an influential Burmese blogger and activist, Nay Phone Latt founded the NGO Myanmar ICT for Development Organization (MIDO), which provides basic computing and media training for youth in remote regions, aiming to increase computer literacy. He received the Reporters Without Borders’ Cyber-dissident Award and the PEN American Freedom to Write Award. He was also listed among Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Nay Phone Latt joined the National League for Democracy (NLD) in 2015, and won a seat in Yangon Region parliament in Thingangyun Township the following year, becoming one of the youngest MPs to serve the country.