Aung San Suu Kyi, a Burmese democracy advocate and member of the National League for Democracy party, made a landmark speech using state-controlled media Wednesday, according to the BBC.
This is the first time Suu Kyi was able to promote her political message. A new law in Burma allows parties participating in the April 1 elections to air 15-minute spots on radio and television stations.
In the address, Suu Kyi said, "all repressive laws must be revoked and laws introduced to protect the rights of the people."
In the script of her speech, which was leaked Tuesday, Suu Kyi mentioned the old military. However, that part of the speech was censored by the government, according to the BBC.
Suu Kyi said the new government must expand the freedoms of the people.
"Full media freedom must be given," Suu Kyi said. "Expand social networks that will provide legal assistance to the people."
Suu Kyi has fought to bring democracy to Burma and in result has spent much of the last two decades under detention or house arrest for her actions. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.