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Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi has defended the jailing of two Reuters journalists, despite international condemnation.Ms Suu Kyi broke her silence on the issue while attending an international economics conference in Vietnam.

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.

The Nobel peace prize laureate – who is not Myanmar’s elected president but is almost universally viewed as such – had been under intense pressure to comment on both the Rohingya crisis and more recently the journalists.This week, a UN rights body accused Myanmar of “waging a campaign against journalists”.