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Rights groups call for immediate release of Reuters journalists in Myanmar

Submitted on Mon, 2018-09-03 19:03Amnesty International & FIDHThe Amnesty International and the International Federation for Human Rights have launched statements demanding the Myanmar Government unconditionally release the two Reuters journalists.  Myanmar: Guilty verdict against Reutrs journalists sends stark warning on press freedom(Statement by Amnesty International)  Responding to the news that Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, have been sentenced to seven years in jail after being found guilty of breaching Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act, Tirana Hassan, Amnesty International’s Director of Crisis Response, said: “Today’s appalling verdict has condemned two innocent men to years behind bars. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo face lengthy jail terms simply because they dared to ask uncomfortable questions about military atrocities in Rakhine State. These convictions must be quashed, and both men immediately and unconditionally released.     “This politically-motivated decision has significant ramifications for press freedom in Myanmar. It sends a stark warning to...

 

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