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Myanmar media, activists condemn conviction of Reuters reporters

Detained Myanmar journalist Wa Lone arrives in handcuff escorted by police to a courtroom for his on going trial in Yangon on July 23, 2018. (Photo by Ye Aung THU / AFP) (YE AUNG THU/AFP/Getty Images)

By: Sarwar Alam

Several Myanmar news outlets and dozens of civil society groups denounced the jailing of two Reuters reporters for seven years under the Official Secrets Act, and said their conviction was an assault on the right to freedom of information. A court found the two journalists guilty on Monday (3) in a landmark case seen as a test of progress towards democracy in Myanmar, which was ruled by a military junta until 2011. Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were investigating the killing of villagers from the Rohingya Muslim minority by security forces and civilians when they were arrested…

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