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Jailed Reuters Journalists Denied Bail in Myanmar

Two Reuters journalists arrested in Myanmar for violating the country's colonial-era Official Secrets Act were denied bail during a court appearance Thursday. Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, were arrested on December 12 after they were handed a stack of documents by two policemen at a restaurant in Yangon.  The pair were covering the brutal military campaign in Rakhine state that has driven nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims across the border into Bangladesh since August. The two journalists face 14 years in prison if they are convicted under the law, which dates back to 1923 when Myanmar was known as Burma and ruled by Britain.   Stephen J. Adler, Reuters president and editor-in-chief, issued a statement expressing his disappointment over the pair's continued imprisonment.  "We believe the court proceedings will demonstrate their innocence and Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo will be able to return to their jobs reporting...

 

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