WION Web TeamNew Delhi, Delhi, IndiaSep 13, 2018, 11.37 AM
Myanmar government leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday said two jailed Reuters journalists can appeal their seven-year sentence, and that their jailing had nothing to do with freedom of expression.
A Myanmar judge found two Reuters journalists guilty of breaching a law on state secrets and sentenced them to seven years in prison, in a landmark case seen as a test of progress towards democracy in the Southeast Asian country.
Asked how she felt about jailing journalists as a democratic leader, Suu Kyi said: "They were not jailed because they were journalists, they were jailed because... the court has decided that they have broken the Official Secrets Act."
She also said that Kyi on Thursday that in hindsight her government could have handled the Rohingya situation in Rakhine state in a better way.
She made her comments at the World Economic Forum on ASEAN in Hanoi in response to a question from the forum moderator who asked whether she felt comfortable about the reporters being jailed.
Twitter was soon flooded with people's reaction over Suu Kyi's comments:
I can't even remember the time any more that I worshipped Aung San Suu Kyi as an emblem of courage. Did we read her wrong then was she always so bigoted, so autocratic- or did she change? https://t.co/yG8suit0Ep
One of my favourite journalism stories from a friend involves them risking imprisonment to interview... Suu Kyi! She wanted to be interviewed against the "law", journalists did it at risk. Cool story then. Now?