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Aung San Suu Kyi defends verdict against Reuters journalists

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi has defended the jailing of two Reuters journalists, despite international condemnation.

She said Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo had broken the law and their conviction had “nothing to do with freedom of expression at all”.

The two were sentenced for possession of police documents while investigating the killing of Rohingya Muslims.

Ms Suu Kyi also said her government could in hindsight have handled the Rohingya situation differently.

Since last year, at least 700,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar, also known as Burma, after the army launched a brutal crackdown in response to attacks by a Rohingya militant group.

The UN has called for top military figures to be investigated for genocide.

What did Suu Kyi say?

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate – who is Myanmar’s de facto leader – had been under intense pressure to comment on both the Rohingya crisis and more recently the journalists, following their jailing last week.

This week, a UN rights body accused Myanmar of “waging a campaign against journalists” and the verdict has sparked criticism internationally, including from US Vice President Mike Pence. Read more

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Aung San Suu Kyi defends verdict against Reuters journalists

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi has defended the jailing of two Reuters journalists, despite international condemnation.

She said Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo had broken the law and their conviction had “nothing to do with freedom of expression at all”.

Aung San Suu Kyi defends verdict against Reuters journalists

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi has defended the jailing of two Reuters journalists, despite international condemnation.

She said Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo had broken the law and their conviction had “nothing to do with freedom of expression at all”.