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2 journalists charged with violating Myanmar law
    2018-January-11  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

PROSECUTORS in Myanmar formally charged two journalists from the Reuters news agency yesterday with violating the Official Secrets Act, signaling the case will go forward despite international condemnation.

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested Dec. 12 after police accused them of violating the colonial-era law by acquiring “important secret papers” from two policemen. The police officers had worked in Rakhine state, where security forces are blamed for rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims that sparked the exodus of some 650,000 people to Bangladesh.

Dozens of journalists wearing black waited outside the court yesterday to protest the arrest of their colleagues, who were led into the court smiling and giving the thumbs up sign despite heavy handcuffs on their wrists.

“This is unacceptable,” Wa Lone said from the back of a police truck after the brief hearing. “I want to tell you that they are charging us like this to stop us finding the truth. Their actions are wrong and unfair.”

The journalists’ lawyer, Than Zaw Aung, said the prosecutor formally indicted the pair and they now face up to 14 years in prison if convicted.

Than Zaw Aung said he appealed for the two to be immediately released on bail, but the judge said he would review that request and rule at the next hearing Jan. 23. “We are still far from the verdict,” he said.

Their detention has caused an international outcry. After they were detained, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the arrests showed how press freedom was deteriorating in Myanmar, while U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for their immediate release.

“A free press is critical to a free society — the detention of journalists anywhere is unacceptable,” former U.S. President Bill Clinton tweeted Monday.

(SD-Agencies)

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