Chit Maung

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Journal Kyaw U Chit Maung
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Native nameချစ်မောင်
Okpho, Thayarwady District, British Burma
Died1945 (1946) (aged 32)
Resting placeYayway Cemetery[1]
Known forFounder of the Journal Kyaw Newspaper
Spouse(s)Ma Ma Lay, Journal Kyaw
ChildrenMaung Thein Dan
Khin Lay Myint
Moe Hein

Journal Kyaw U Chit Maung (Burmese: ဂျာနယ်ကျော်ဦးချစ်မောင်; MLCTS: hkyac maung; 1913–1945) was a journalist, patriotic writer and worked for Bogyoke Aung San who was the father of Aung San Suu Kyi. He was Chief Editor of New Light of Burma:[1]. Later his own Journal Kyaw Newspaper ( The Weekly Thunderer) was well known in Burma.

He was born in Okpho, Thayarwady District, and studied at Latpatan Town High School. After he passed high school, he started work for Rangoon newspapers and became newspaper.[clarification needed] He wrote political novels with the pen name Shwe Lin Yon and adult education novels with the pen name "Thu".

Later, Chit Maung set up his own newspaper called Journal Kyaw Newspaper (ဂျာနယ်ကျော်သတင်းစာ). Its patriotic writing style for the Burmese working class attacked the ruling British colonial government. After World War II, he started Burmese independence activities and was arrested by the British government. He actively participated in Aung San's Anti-Fascist People's Freedom League. Due to poor health, he died at the age of 34 years. He is still considered as a role model journalist in Myanmar. His wife Journal Kyaw Ma Ma Lay wrote her husband's biography, Thu Lo Lu (သူလိုလူ), which was translated into English as A Man Like Him and published.

Journal Kyaw U Chit Maung's eldest son Maung Thein Dan became an actor. His daughter was Dr. Daw Khin Lay Myint, a noted French scholar who died in 2007. She translated her mother's works into French, and some French classics into Burmese. His youngest son was the poet Moe Hein.[2]


  1. ^ Ma Ma Lay (2008). A Man Like Him. SEAP Publications. pp. 186–187. ISBN 9780877277774.
  2. ^ Ko Wild (24 September 2010). "Poet and altruist Moe Hein succumbs to 'angel of death'". Mizzima. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
  • Burmese Encyclopedia Vol 2, p-404 Printed 1955.

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