Yangon: Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu
Kyi, who spent years as a prisoner in her own home with no
telephone or Internet access, says now she is free she is too
busy to use Facebook and Twitter.
"I just haven`t had the time," the Nobel Peace Prize
winner told a news agency in an interview at her party offices in
"If I were to tweet and so on it would take up so much of
my time. I have to confess we are a bit snowed under because
paying off a debt of work that has accumulated over seven
years is not done in a hurry," she said.
Soon after her release in November, Suu Kyi had expressed
a desire to use social networking sites. But she said that for
now, her party would make do with websites set up by its
Internet connections are notoriously slow in Myanmar,
whose rulers also have a history of blocking critical websites
and jailing online dissidents.
Social networking sites were used by anti-government
demonstrators to thwart censorship during pro-democracy
revolts in Tunisia and Egypt.
And during a failed monk-led uprising in Myanmar in 2007,
citizens used the web to leak extensive accounts and video to
the outside world, prompting the regime to block Internet
Suu Kyi said that an Arab-style uprising was not the
answer to Myanmar`s problems, and welcomed tentative signs of
political change under the new nominally civilian government.
Her party won a 1990 election but was never allowed to
take office. It boycotted an election held last year, the
first in two decades, and as a result it was delisted as a
political party by the regime.
Recently, however, the regime has adopted a more
conciliatory stance towards its opponents, including Suu Kyi,
who met President Thein Sein last month.
Internet users in army-dominated Myanmar during the week
said they were able to see previously blocked media websites,
including the Burmese-language version of the BBC, but doubts
remained about whether the move would last.
The country`s Internet legislation has long been among
the world`s most repressive, according to the Paris-based
Reporters Without Borders.