The U.S. sharply condemned Monday's conviction of two Reuters journalists in Myanmar and their seven-year prison terms for violating the country's secrecy laws, calling it "deeply troubling" and a "major setback" in the Southeast Asian country's efforts to promote democratic reforms. The U.S. Embassy in Myanmar, also known as Burma, said the "clear flaws" in the case against the journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, "raise serious concerns about rule of law and judicial independence in Myanmar." U.S. Ambassador Scott Marciel told VOA the verdict was sad for the journalists and their families. But moreover, he said, "It's sad for people who worked so hard here to promote media freedom. I think one has to ask whether this process will increase or decrease the confidence that the Myanmar people have in their justice system." But he added, "It's really for the Myanmar people to assess that." The two journalists...
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