Censorship, in any form, is an evil beast. Not only does it steal a writer of their words, it deprives a reader of the writer. Sayar Lay Ko Tin is one of those writers who Myanmar has the sad legacy of silencing more than most countries. And by that I mean not just the decades of poetry, stories and articles that have come from him, but the man himself.
Twice a prisoner, under two successive dictators, in 1974 under Ne Win for 6 years and again for four years under Than Shwe in the early 90’s, both stints for possession and distribution of censored materials, Sayar Lay Ko Tin has emerged from those dark times as one of the outstanding writers and editors in Myanmar.