It was only when he boarded the plane that would fly him to Europe that Mratt Kyaw Thu finally felt safe for the first time since Myanmar's military coup on February 1. It had been an arduous few months for the 30-year-old journalist who quickly found himself on the military junta's wanted list for his reporting of its deadly crackdown on anti-coup protesters. He has also written widely on Rohingya issues and won AFP's 2017 Kate Webb award for his outstanding coverage of the ethnic and religious conflicts in Myanmar.
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