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World Reacts to Guilty Verdict of Myanmar Reuters Journalists

A Myanmar judge on Monday found two Reuters journalists guilty of breaching a law on state secrets and jailed them for seven years in a landmark case seen as a test of progress toward democracy in the Southeast Asian country. Here are some reactions to the news. Scot Marciel, U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar: “I’m sad for Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and their families, but also for Myanmar. It’s deeply troubling for everybody who has struggled so hard here for media freedom. I think one has to ask, will this process increase or decrease the confidence the people of Myanmar have in their justice system.” Dan Chugg, British ambassador to Myanmar : “Speaking on behalf of the British government, but also on behalf of European Union member states, we are extremely disappointed by this verdict. Freedom of expression and rule of law are fundamental in a democracy, and this case has passed a long shadow over both today. The judge has appeared to have ignored evidence and to have ignored Myanmar law. This has dealt a hammer blow for the rule of law.” Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres: “The secretary-general takes note with concern of the conviction and sentencing ... in Myanmar of journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo to seven years of imprisonment. He urges the authorities to review their decision. The right to freedom of expression and information is a cornerstone of any democracy. It is unacceptable that these journalists were prosecuted for reporting on major human rights violations against the Rohingya in Rakhine State. The secretary-general will continue to advocate for the release of the journalists. He calls for full respect of freedom of the press and all human rights in Myanmar.” Federica Mmogherini, spokeswoman of the European Union high representative for... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, World Reacts to Guilty Verdict of Myanmar Reuters Journalists, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you World Reacts to Guilty Verdict of Myanmar Reuters Journalists

 

 

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Published By: VOA NEWS - Monday, 3 September, 2018

 

 

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