Aung San Suu Kyi to Give BBC's Reith Lectures

Longtime Burmese political prisoner recorded two lectures in secret to be delivered next month.


LONDON -- Burmese opposition leader and longtime political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi has recorded two lectures in secret with the BBC, to be delivered next month as part of the Radio 4 Reith Lectures.

Suu Kyi, who was held under house arrest for over 15 years by Burma's military regime before her release last year, recorded the lectures with a BBC news team after it secretly entered the country last week to record the interview.

Due to her circumstances she will not be able to deliver the lectures in person, but said that the British broadcaster had played a pivotal role in her own fight for freedom.

"When I was officially 'unfree,' that is to say, when I was under house arrest, it was the BBC that spoke to me, and I listened," she said.

"That listening gave me a kind of freedom, the freedom of reaching out to other human minds."

The Nobel Peace Prize winner will reflect on the theme of "securing freedom," the role of political dissent and the emergence of the fight for democracy in the Middle East."

The lectures will be broadcast in September.