State-owned newspapers are not acting in accordance with democratic ways and need reform, Aung San Suu Kyi told Radio Free Asia on December 31.
She said: “State-owned newspapers are not working in accord with democratic practices. But we will not change them in a night time. We will discuss it but we don’t want to take too much time. It will improve the country.
“For instance, radio and television stations in the US and UK like the VOA and BBC are state funded. But they are independent. They can work freely within their charters. It is important to work independently with freedom,” said Suu Kyi.
She also said all National League for Democracy MPs would donate their political pensions to a project to benefit the nation.
“We will take the political pension but we have reached an agreement to donate it to a project,” said Suu Kyi.
She said the power transfer process was working smoothly, adding that she would not attend the peace conference in Nay Pyi Taw as she would be busy in Parliament.
On the Koh Tao murder case and the two Myanmar migrants given death sentences, she said: “They have to face their legal trial. They can appeal to the authorities. The judiciary should ensure they have their rights.”
The Nobel laureate said students at Yangon University should be allowed to rebuild the student union blown up the army in 1962. “They should be allowed to build a new student union. It is not harming anyone,” she said.