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Reuters Reporters to Face Trial in Myanmar

A judge in Myanmar ruled Monday that two journalists for the Reuters news agency will face trial for allegedly breaking the country's secrecy laws by reporting on the Rohingya crisis. The ruling comes after months of preliminary hearings. Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, are accused of breaching the Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison. "We are deeply disappointed that the court declined to end this protracted and baseless proceeding against Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. These Reuters journalists were doing their jobs in an independent and impartial way, and there are no facts or evidence to suggest that they've done anything wrong or broken any law," Reuters president and editor-in-chief Stephen Adler said in a statement. The pair has been held in custody since their arrest in December and are accused of being in possession of leaked sensitive material...

 

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