US Condemns Myanmar Conviction of 2 Journalists
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 were arrested last December after meeting with two police officers at a restaurant in Yangon and given a stack of documents. They were charged with violating the Official Secrets Act, which was enacted in 1923, when Myanmar was called Burma and was under British colonial rule. Both men have denied asking for the documents. After their sentencing, the handcuffed journalists were held by police outside the court by their arms as they spoke briefly to reporters before being put in a police vehicle and taken away. Protesters briefly blocked the police vehicle's path as it left the court. The two journalists were covering the brutal military campaign in Rakhine state that has driven nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims across the border into Bangladesh since last August. They were focused on the massacre of 10 Rohingya by police and soldiers in the village of Inn Din. International outrage The arrests of... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, US Condemns Myanmar Conviction of 2 Journalists, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you
Published By: VOA NEWS - Monday, 3 September, 2018
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