Bertil Lintner is a Swedish journalist based in Thailand and the author of several works on Asia, including Blood Brothers: The Criminal Underworld of Asia and Great Leader, Dear Leader: Demystifying North Korea Under The Kim Clan. Lintner is one of many blacklisted journalists who have not been allowed to enter Burma since 1985. He has written numerous articles and books on Burma, and is considered to be one of the most knowledgeable foreign journalists on Burmese affairs. The 'State Peace and Development Council' says his reports on Burma are groundless and based on wishful thinking. Ironically, blacklisted journalists tend to garner better respect as primary sources, and due to this, Lintner was the first foreign journalist to learn about Aung San Suu Kyi's first release from house arrest .