BRIEF - Govt not responsible for jailing journalists, says president

Burma’s President Thein Sein has told parliament that the government is not responsible for the sentences of 10 years with hard labour handed down to journalists from Unity Weekly last month, saying it was a judicial decision. In a letter, the president said the reporters were accused of breaking national security laws and the matter was dealt with by the courts, not the government. He also stated that he wished to see an independent and ethical media in Burma.