YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar’s state broadcaster has aired footage of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi overseas for the first time.
Thursday night’s news report showed her accepting the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal in Washington, D.C.
Suu Kyi has been feted as a heroine of democracy during travels this year that followed two decades of isolation at home. She collected her Nobel Peace Prize and addressed Britain’s parliament while visiting Europe in June.
Suu Kyi was a virtual non-person in Myanmar’s state media until a reformist, elected government took office last year. Thursday’s broadcast reported that Suu Kyi praised President Thein Sein for initiating the changes.
The congressional award was not reported in state newspapers Thursday. Deputy Information Minister Ye Htut said the news came too late and would be in Friday’s editions.