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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...

 

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