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Ruling against Reuters reporters a severe blow to Myanmar press freedom: CAJ president

The seven-year jail sentence handed down on two Reuters journalists in Myanmar on Monday is a big step backward for press freedom and a travesty of justice in the country, Thepchai Yong, president of the Confederation of ASEAN Journalists said Tuesday. Thepchai also called for regional and international media organizations to join hands in showing their support for the two Reuters reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, and their families in their most difficult time. “The ruling against Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo is a betrayal of Myanmar people’s hope that their country is on its way to becoming a democratic society,” he said. Thepchai defended the two Reuters journalists for following their professional duty in investigating a massacre of Rohingya Muslims and said that their arrests and jailing came as a severe blow to press freedom in the country. “What happens to the two journalists goes against...

 

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