When 5 Myanmar journalists have been sentenced to decade-lengthy jail phrases for reporting the alleged existence of a army-run chemical weapons manufacturing unit in Myanmar a couple of years in the past, Aung San Suu Kyi — then an opposition lawmaker — condemned the tough punishments as “very extreme.”
The journalists, from the now-defunct Unity publication, had been convicted for violating the nation’s Official Secrets and techniques Act — the identical colonial-period regulation now being leveled towards a pair of Reuters reporters who’re dealing with a staggering 14 years behind bars every.
“It isn’t that I do not settle for a priority over nationwide safety,” Suu Kyi advised supporters throughout a July 2014 rally, in response to an article revealed on the time within the Irrawaddy, an area media outlet. “However in a democratic system, safety must be in stability with freedom.”
When “the rights of journalists (to report) are being managed,” Suu Kyi stated, the very notion of democratic reform in Myanmar is “questionable.”
Three and a half years on, the considering of Suu Kyi, who now heads the federal government, has apparently modified dramatically. Somewhat than champion the press, she has presided over an administration whose courts have aggressively pursued authorized costs towards dozens of journalists, together with different makes an attempt to suppress and discredit the media.
Police arrested Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe…