Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar government under Suu Kyi cracks down on journalists

When five Myanmar journalists were sentenced to decadelong prison terms for reporting the alleged existence of a military-run chemical weapons factory in Myanmar a few years ago, Aung San Suu Kyi — then an opposition lawmaker — condemned the harsh punishments as "very excessive."

The journalists, from the now-defunct Unity publication, had been convicted for violating the nation's Official Secrets Act — the same colonial-era law now being leveled against a pair of Reuters reporters who are facing a staggering 14 years behind bars each.

"It's not that I don't accept a concern over national security," Suu Kyi told supporters during a July 2014 rally,...

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