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Burma: Reuters journalists to stay in jail

TWO Reuters journalists are to remain in jail after a Yangon court on Wednesday rejected an appeal to have the case against them dropped. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are accused under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act for possessing secret government papers. The court has been hearing preliminary hearings since January to decide if they will be charged. If convicted, the charge carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison. Judge Ye Lwin said that there was “a proper reason” for the accusations against the two reporters and therefore “they should not be released.” “The culprits who committed the massacre were sentenced to 10 years in prison. But the ones who reported on it – us – are accused under a law that can get us imprisoned for 14 years”- @walone4 “Where is the truth? Where is the truth and justice? Where is democracy and freedom?” pic.twitter.com/PyAGiKIOaw —...

 

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