Yesterday, Suu Kyi referred to the colonial-era law under which they were charged. “They were not jailed because they were journalists, they were jailed because the court has decided they have broken the Official Secrets Act,” she said at a conference of the World Economic Forum in Hanoi.
She made her comments in response to a question from a forum moderator who asked whether she felt comfortable about the reporters being jailed.
The journalists, Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were convicted on official-secrets charges last week in a landmark case that has raised questions about Myanmar’s progress towards democracy.
The two reporters, who had pleaded not guilty, were investigating the killing of 10 villagers from the Muslim Rohingya minority by the Myanmar security forces at the time of their arrest. The military later acknowledged the killings and said it had punished several soldiers.