Myanmar court jails Reuters reporters for seven years in landmark secrets case

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 towards democracy

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Updated on : 2018-09-03 20:30:29

Myanmar court jails Reuters reporters for seven years in landmark secrets case

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 towards democracy in the Southeast Asian country.

Yangon northern district judge Ye Lwin said Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, breached the colonial-era Official Secrets Act when they collected and obtained confidential documents.

‏ JCPA said,

“JCPA is very concerned about the arrest of the Reuter journalists and supports the UN efforts for their release. It is intimidation and a blow to freedom of the press and human rights.”

‏ JCPA is the umbrella body of the Jewish community relations field, which advocate for a just and pluralistic America, global human rights, and peace in Israel.

National security reporter for The Washington Post Ellen Nakashima said,

“Today is a sad day for Myanmar, Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, and the press everywhere,” --Reuters editor in chief Stephen J Adler after Myanmar court jails Reuters reporters for seven years in landmark secrets case.”

Futurist, Trendcaster, Economist and New York Times Best Selling Author of Digital Destiny & President Avrio Institute Shawn DuBravac, PhD said,

“This is what the world looks like when the press is considered an enemy of the state.”

Editor-in-chief of Reuters Stephen J. Adler said,

"Unjust verdict that undermines press freedom in Myanmar and everywhere: Myanmar court jails Reuters reporters for seven years in landmark secrets case"

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