Reuters journalists charged with violating Myanmar law

Reuters journalists charged with violating Myanmar law

Reuters journalists charged with violating Myanmar law

Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen J. Adler said he was "extremely disappointed" by the charges and again called for Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo to be released immediately. "According to United Nations rule, Bangladesh can not drive them out by force", she said. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton has urged that they be freed immediately, saying on Twitter on Monday that a free press was critical for a free society and the detention of journalists anywhere was unacceptable.

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested December 12 after police accused them of violating the colonial-era law by acquiring "important secret papers" from two policemen.

"We are still far from the verdict", he said.

If convicted they face up to 14 years in prison.

"We never made any mistakes, they are trying to stop us and intimidate us", the stunned journalist said as eight police officers ushered him out of the courtroom, his wife still clutching his hand, tears glistening on her cheek. Both the 1908 Unlawful Association Act and 1934 Aircraft Act were employed in 2017 to detain journalists reporting on conflict in Myanmar. "If Daw [honorific] Aung San Suu Kyi's government and military can implement the Annan commission's suggestions, the problems in Rakhine State will be resolved, I believe".

His thoughts were echoed by freelance journalist Aung Naing Soe, who recently served two months in prison after his colleagues from Turkish news channel TRT World were caught in possession of a drone near the parliament building.

After being accepted in those two locations, which are renovated ones used in the 1992-93 refugee crisis, they will be placed in Hla Pho Khaung in a temporary camp which can hold up to 30,000 people. Several had the message "journalism is not a crime" or "release the arrested journalists now" on their T-shirts.


"We view this as a wholly unwarranted, blatant attack on press freedom".

"The only limitation now is that we can not insult the government without any proof. In one camp, the pond where people draw water from is separated by a low mud wall from the sewage", said Mercado.

"Rohingyas must not be sent back to the genocide zones of Burma without security and citizenship", said Abdul Malik Mujahid, chairman of Burma Task Force USA, a coalition of 19 US and Canadian Muslim organizations dedicated to advocating for the Rohingya and ending genocide in Myanmar.

Stringent restrictions on the movement of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine, which have worsened amid the increased violence over the past 15 months, have left an estimated 60,000 children stranded, in need of aid, and suffering from "high levels of toxic fear", said Unicef, the United Nations children's agency. "We have long worked to promote more equitable and inclusive access for all children across Rakhine and Myanmar, and we stand by our principle that a child is a child and every child in need deserves help".

The military refers to members of the Rohingya minority as "Bengalis", a term the Rohingya reject as implying they are illegal migrants from Bangladesh.

U Min Nwe Win may be mistaken if he thinks the arrests will silence journalists who dare challenge the government.

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