A Myanmar court today (11) rejected the appeals of two Reuters journalists who were sentenced to seven years in jail for breaching the Official Secrets Act.
Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were arrested in December 2017 when they were investigating a massacre of Rohingya Muslims. They were arrested while carrying official documents given by the police. In September last year, they were sentenced to seven years in prison.
The journalists were accused of obtaining secret state documents. During the hearing, they stated that they were framed by police who gave them the documents in question and they were targeted. A police officer later told the court that he is aware of a plan by senior police to entrap the two journalists.
Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen J. Adler in a statement said: “Today’s ruling is yet another injustice among many inflicted upon Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. They remain behind bars for one reason. Those in power sought to silence the truth. Reporting is not a crime, and until Myanmar rights this terrible wrong, the press in Myanmar is not free, and Myanmar's commitment to rule of law and democracy remains in doubt.”