Myan­mar leader de­fends jour­nal­ists’ im­pris­on­ment

Fiji Sun - - Asia News -

Myan­mar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi de­fended on Thurs­day the jail­ing of two Reuters news agency jour­nal­ists con­victed of col­lect­ing state se­crets.

Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were im­pris­oned last week af­ter be­ing found guilty of breach­ing the coun­try’s hard­line Of­fi­cial Se­crets Act while re­port­ing on atroc­i­ties com­mit­ted against Ro­hingya Mus­lims dur­ing a mil­i­tary crack­down in Rakhine state.

“They were not jailed be­cause they were jour­nal­ists, they were jailed be­cause ... the court has de­cided that they have bro­ken the Of­fi­cial Se­crets Act,” Suu Kyi said at the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum on ASEAN in Viet­nam. The jour­nal­ists were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the killing of Ro­hingya vil­lagers by se­cu­rity forces at the time of their ar­rest last De­cem­ber and had pleaded not guilty.

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